Sand castles built too near the water’s edge are being leveled by the incoming tide. A seabird standing in the shallow surf observes the destruction.
Time and tide wait for no man The origin of this proverb is uncertain, although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:
“And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”
A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version
which is: time and tide wait for no man. The notion of ‘tide’ being beyond man’s control brings up images of the King Canute story. He demonstrated to his courtiers the limits of a king’s power by failing to make the sea obey his command. That literal interpretation of ‘tide’ in ‘time and tide’ is what is now usually understood, but wasn’t what was meant in the original version of the expression. ‘Tide’ didn’t refer to the contemporary meaning of the word, that is, the rising and falling of the sea, but to a period of time. When this phrase was coined tide meant a season, or a time, or a while. The word is still with us in that sense in ‘good tidings’, which refers to a good event or occasion and whitsuntide, noontide etc.
This image appears on the calendar, Life Is ~ A Day At The Beach (click to view)
Edited in Corel Paint Shop Pro with textures from Shadowhouse Creations added.
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, Canon Zoom Lens 20x IS, 5.0-100.0mm 1:2.8-5.7 USM.
Location: Melbourne Beach, Florida, USA.
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