The ship of Christopher Columbus is visited by an angel who warns him to return to Europe through the storms of the Atlantic. Engraving by E. Goodall after J.M.W. Turner.
- Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851
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An episode in a miniature epic poem by Samuel Rogers, 'The voyage of Columbus', canto XII: while sailing across the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus and his crew are visited by an angel who warns them: "The wind recalls thee; its still voice obey. / Millions await thy coming; hence, away. / To thee blest tidings of great joy consigned, / Another Nature, and a new Mankind!... / Hence! tho' assembling in the fields of air, / Now, in a night of clouds, thy foes prepare / To rock the globe with elemental wars, / And dash the floods of ocean to the stars; / To bid the meek repine, the valiant weep, / And thee restore thy secret to the deep!"
"Turner's vignette shows the angel delivering his prophecy, whilst in the turbulent seas beneath Columbus's ships are tossed by a violent storm. Surrounding the spirit in the sky are a number of armed spirits, an allusion to the angel's prophecy that there will be war before there is peace in America"-- Gamer, loc. cit. However, the poem does not say that the conflict will be in America but between the elements in the sky above the Atlantic, causing Columbus to be in danger of shipwreck
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