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Portuguese Sea in a Bottle by MySoulShards Portuguese Sea in a Bottle by MySoulShards
Portuguese Sea is an epic, meditative and tragic poem written by Fernando Pessoa (the most prominent Portuguese poet from the 19th century).

Mar Português

Ó mar salgado, quanto do teu sal
São lágrimas de Portugal!
Por te cruzarmos, quantas mães choraram,
Quantos filhos em vão rezaram!
Quantas noivas ficaram por casar
Para que fosses nosso, ó mar!

Valeu a pena? Tudo vale a pena
Se a alma não é pequena.
Quem quer passar para além do Bojador
Tem que passar além da dor.
Deus ao mar o perigo e o abismo deu,
Mas nele é que espelhou o céu.

Translation:

Portuguese Sea

Salt-laden sea, how much of all your salt
Is tears of Portugal!
For us to cross you, how many sons have kept
Vigil in vain, and mothers wept!
Lived as old maids how many brides-to-be
Till death, that you might be ours, sea!

Was it worth? It is worth while, all,
If the soul is not small.
Whoever means to sail beyond the Cape
Must double sorrow - no escape.
Peril and abyss has God to the sea given
And yet made it the mirror of heaven

A poem written in Portuguese lost in the sands of Sesimbra (a Portuguese beach) and sealed in a glass bottle. Silver plated brass wire is wrapped around the lip of the bottle with two aquamarine gemstone beads which symbolize the tears of mothers and brides-to-be. The chain of the necklace holds a heart shaped charm, a traditional piece used by young women in old times. The heart is one of the most emblatic symbols of the country.

Measurements:
- Vial: 28 X 12 mm (0,50 X 1,1 inch)
- Chain lenght: aprox. 30 cm (aprox 11,8 inch)

Materials:
- Glass Bottle
- Sand from Sesimbra Beach
- Silver Plated Chain
- Silver Plated Charm
- Aquamarine Gemstone Beads
- Special Paper
- Glue for Sealing the Cork

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I love this picture!:happybounce: 
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