When winds are raging o'er the upper ocean
And billows wild contend with angry roar,
'Tis said, far down beneath the wild commotion
That peaceful stillness reigneth evermore.
Far, far beneath, the noise of tempests dieth
And silver waves chime ever peacefully,
And no rude storm, how fierce soe'er it flyeth
Disturbs the Sabbath of that deeper sea.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe-
Paintings by IVAN AIVAZOVSKY (1817-1900), a Russian-Armenian painter best known for his penchant for the romanticist technique and his depiction of seascapes in most of his works.