National Geographic : 1935 Jul
Photograph by W. Robert Moore ON THE BEACH AT BOSHAM, KING CANUTE HAD HIS FAMOUS ENCOUNTER WITH THE SEA According to historical legend, the wise King, disgusted with the extravagant flatteries of his courtiers, had his throne placed before the advancing waves. He com manded, "Ocean! The land on which I sit is mine, and thou art a part of my dominion; therefore rise not-obey my commands, norpresume towet theedge ofmyrobe." When the water broke around his feet and wet his garments, he turned to his fawning minions and said, "Confess ye now,how frivolous and vain isthe might ofanearthly king compared to that great Power who rules the elements . . ." At low water a road runs along the shore, but at flood tide itiscovered bythe sea(seetext, page 74).