O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
A moralistic end to the section. Literally, a warning to fellow sailors “who turn the wheel and look to windward” not to be cocky and overconfident, because death comes to everyone. More broadly, a memento mori and a warning against hubris.
Also could be an allusion to “The wheel is come full circle” in Shakespeare’s King Lear.
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