William Falconer — Scottish Poet died on December 30, 1769

William Falconer was a Scottish poet... (wikipedia)

The effect of sailing is produced by a judicious arrangement of the sails to the direction of the wind.
Hence a ship is said to be tight, when her planks are so compact and solid as to prevent the entrance of the water in which she is immersed: and a cask is called tight, when the staves are so close that none of the liquid contained therein can issue through or between them.
Hence a ship is said to head the sea, when her course is opposed to the setting or direction of the surges.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
The simplicity and uniformity of rural occupations, and their incessant practice, preclude any anxieties and agitations of hope and fear, to which employments of a more precarious and casual nature are subject.