The Shipwreck

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John Sharpe, 1818 - English poetry - 167 pages
 

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Page 147 - Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains In cradle of the rude imperious surge, And in the visitation of the winds, Who take the ruffian billows by the top, Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them With deaf 'ning clamour in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
Page 31 - Yet, though full oft to future perils blind, With skill superior glow'd his daring mind Through snares of death the reeling bark to guide, When midnight shades involve the raging tide. To Rodmond, next in order of command, Succeeds the youngest of our naval band : But what avails it to record a name That courts no rank among the sons of fame...
Page 138 - Th' eternal chain of causes and effects, Let not thy chastening ministers of rage Afflict with sharp remorse his feeble age ! And you, Arion ! who with these the last Of all our crew survive the Shipwreck past—- Ah ! cease to mourn! those friendly tears restrain; Nor give my dying moments keener pain ! Since Heaven may soon thy wandering steps restore, When parted hence, to England's distant shore; Shouldst thou, th...
Page 50 - The sun's bright orb, declining all serene, Now glanced obliquely o'er the woodland scene : Creation smiles around ; on every spray The warbling birds exalt their evening lay; Blithe skipping o'er yon hill, the fleecy train Join the deep chorus of the lowing plain ; The golden lime, and orange, there were seen On fragrant branches of perpetual green ; The crystal streams that velvet meadows lave, To the green ocean roll with chiding wave.
Page 28 - Aboard, confest the father of his crew ; Brave, liberal, just, the calm domestic scene Had o'er his temper breathed a gay serene. Him science taught by mystic lore to trace The planets wheeling in eternal race ; To mark the ship in floating balance held, By earth attracted, and by seas repell'd ; Or point her devious track through climes unknown That leads to every shore and every zone.
Page 26 - A seventh year mock the weary labourer's toil.— No blooming Venus, on the desert shore, Now views with triumph captive gods adore; No lovely Helens now with fatal charms Excite the...
Page 17 - But while he measur'd o'er the painful race, In fortune's wild illimitable chase, Adversity, companion of his way ! Still o'er the victim hung with iron sway; Bade new distresses every instant grow, Marking each change of place with change of woe. In regions where th...
Page 100 - ... the tottering structure rings, And crashing, thundering, o'er the quarter swings. Thus, when some limb, convulsed with pangs of death, Imbibes the gangrene's pestilential breath, The...
Page 97 - Can share affliction with the wretch distrest: Their hearts, by cruel fate inured to grief, Oft to the friendless stranger yield relief.
Page 137 - Palemon dies, and this his final hour : By those fell breakers, where in vain I strove, At once cut off...

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