Posted by ESC on May 07, 2001
In Reply to: Ships that pass in the night posted by Eric N. on May 06, 2001
: : : Trying to find out what this phrase means. I have a vague idea but do not know the exact meaning.
: : : Thanks
: : : Eric
: : It's from Longfellow's poem: The Theologian's Tale: Elizabeth, from the collection titled The Theologian's Tale.
: : "Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
: : Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
: : So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
: : Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence."
: : Says all that's needed, I feel.
: : Regards,
: : Roger
: Thank you for your quick response and detailed information.
Or as (TV character) Archie Bunker said: like two sheeps that pass in the night.