Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
~ John Milton
Painting: Kreutzer Sonata by René François Xavier Prinet
If solitude hath ever led thy steps
To the wild ocean's echoing shore,
And thou hast lingered there,
Until the sun's broad orb
Seemed resting on the burnished wave,
Thou must have marked the lines
Of purple gold that motionless
Hung o'er the sinking sphere.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
And yet I am, and live like vapours tossed
Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems.
~ John Clare
Painting: Stormy Sea With Blazing Wreck by J.M.W. Turner