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He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea

This page is about the saying "He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea".

Possible interpretation: The sea is supremely powerful, and can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place.

Note: pray (verb) = ask for help from God; give thanks to God | This saying may be more easily understood if rephrased as: "The person that wants to learn to pray should go to sea."

Origin: This quotation from Welsh poet George Herbert (1593 - 1633) - "He that will learne to pray, let him goe to Sea" - reflects seafarers' long-standing conviction that at sea we find the ultimate in awe and terror.

Quick Quiz:

"He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea" suggests that the sea

a. is quiet and calm, like a church

b. is the home of God

c. can make you feel extreme fear

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Contributor: Josef Essberger