“Grasses and the Outer Lighthouse” and “The Lighthouse”-a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hi all,

“Grasses and the Outer Lighthouse” is an oil painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom–Chester, Connecticut artist and on display at Artisans Harbor, Main Street, Old
Saybrook, Connecticut.

"Grasses and the Outer Light" (Ct River, Old Saybrook, CT)

This lighthouse is actually the Saybrook Breakwater Light and the locals, at times, will refer to it as the Outer Light. You can see that it looks just like a spark plug…thus one of the spark plug lighthouses. It’s location is Fenwick Point at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Saybrook is where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound, and this lighthouse is a symbol for Connecticut’s license plates.

A former First Selectman, Michael Pace, of Old Saybrook said, ” That the Outer Light is the symbol of Old Saybrook.” It was built in the 19th century and has been in service since 1886. It is one of the markers for harbor channel at the mouth of the Connecticut River and the Lynde Point Lighthouse (Inner Light) is the other marker.

Swans and Sunset (Lynde Point Lighthouse, Old Saybrook, CT)

Swans and Sunset (Lynde Point Lighthouse, Old Saybrook, CT)

Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

Thought you might enjoy the poem, “The Lighthouse” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow….

“The Lighthouse”

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

Not one alone; from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean’s verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o’er the restless surge.

Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night-o’ertaken mariner to save.

And the great ships sail outward and return,
Bending and bowing o’er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn,
They wave their silent welcomes and farewells.

They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.

The mariner remembers when a child,
On his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink;
And when, returning from adventures wild,
He saw it rise again o’er ocean’s brink.

Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!

It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace;
It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up, and shake it like a fleece.

The startled waves leap over it; the storm
Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
And steadily against its solid form
Press the great shoulders of the hurricane.

The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din
Of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,
Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.

A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,
Still grasping in his hand the fire of Jove,
It does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,
But hails the mariner with words of love.

“Sail on!” it says, “sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!

Take care….

US...Dan, the artist and Nancy, the blogger

Us....Dan, the artist and Nancy, the blogger

Dan, the artist, and Nancy, the blogger. And a little bit of inspiration:

Inspiration by Eleanor Roosevelt

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