Like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities,

from Herman Melville – Moby-Dick (Chap. 12: Biographical) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Peter the Great of Russia (1672-1725) dreamed of creating a Navy. To prepare, in 1698 he worked incognito in shipyards of the Dutch East India Company and the British Royal Navy, in England. Later, he conquered the port that became St. Petersburg.

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