The Poetical Works of William Falconer, Volume 1

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Little, Brown, 1866 - 239 pages
 

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Page 120 - 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 deafning clamours in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ? Canst thou, O partial sleep!
Page 120 - With deafning clamours in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly," death itself awakes ? Can'st thou, O partial sleep ! give thy repose To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude ; And in the calmest and most stillest night, With all appliances and means to boot, Deny it to a king? Then, happy low, lie down ! Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Page 137 - Well, good night. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
Page 137 - Glanced from the imperfect surfaces of things. • Flings half an image on the straining eye ; While wavering woods, and villages, and streams, And rocks, and mountain-tops, that long retained The ascending gleam, are all one swimming scene, Uncertain if beheld. Sudden to heaven Thence weary vision turns; where, leading soft The silent hours of love, with purest ray Sweet...
Page 48 - The watchful Seaman, whose sagacious eye. " On sure experience may with truth rely, " Who from the reigning Cause forete Is th' Effect, " This barbarous practice ever will reject...
Page 112 - Through life's sad journey hopeless to complain ! Can sacred justice these events ordain ? But, O my soul ! avoid that wondrous maze Where reason, lost in endless error, strays ; As through this thorny vale of life we run, Great Cause of all effects, thy will be done...
Page xxiii - Determined, from whatever point they rise, To trust his fortune to the seas, and skies. Thou living ray of intellectual fire, Whose voluntary gleams my verse inspire, Ere yet the deepening incidents prevail, Till roused attention feel our plaintive tale ; Record whom chief among the gallant crew The...
Page 148 - Marking the embarked traders on the flood; When we have laughed to see the sails conceive, And grow big-bellied, with the wanton wind; Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait Following, (her womb then rich with my young squire,) Would imitate; and sail upon the land, To fetch me trifles, and return again, As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.
Page 42 - Olympus' throne ; For oft, alas ! their venal strains adorn The prince whom blushing virtue holds in scorn : Still Home and Greece record his endless fame, And hence yon mountain yet retains his name. But see ! in confluence borne before the blast, Clouds roll'd on clouds the dusky noon o'ercast: The blackening ocean curls, the winds arise, And the dark scud in swift succession flies. While the swoln canvas bends the masts on high, Low in the wave the leeward cannon lie.
Page 149 - ... they stand in the present edition with the following: — " On either side below the sheets are mann'd, Again the fluttering sails their skirts expand : Once more the top-sails, though with humbler plume, Mounting aloft, their ancient post resume: Again the bow-lines and the yards are braced, And all the entangled cords in order placed.

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