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"
The sea is supremely powerful, and can be a terrifying and awe-inspiring place.
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.
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Contributor: Josef Essberger