The Shipwreck: A Poem in Three Cantos

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J. Cundee, 1803 - English poetry - 165 pages
 

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Page 144 - The bleeding bull beneath the murd'rer's blows. Again she plunges! hark! a second shock Tears her strong bottom on the marble rock. Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries, The fated victims shuddering roll their eyes In wild despair; while yet another stroke With deep convulsion rends the solid oak; Till like the mine, in whose infernal cell The lurking demons of destruction dwell, At length asunder torn, her frame divides, And crashing spreads in ruin o'er the tides.
Page vi - 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 the...
Page 48 - These front the scene conspicuous ; overhead Albion's proud oak his filial branches spread : While on the sea-beat shore obsequious stood, Beneath their feet, the father of the flood : Here, the bold native of her cliffs above...
Page 112 - The thund'ring tide of battle rolls along, Each ravish'd bosom feels the high alarms, And all the burning pulses beat to arms. From earth upborne, on...
Page 99 - Ingulf d, all help of art we vainly try, To weather leeward shores, alas ! too nigh ; Our crazy bark no longer can abide The seas, that thunder o'er her batter'd side ; And while the leaks a fatal warning give That in this raging sea she cannot live, One only refuge from despair we find — At once to wear and scud before the wind. Perhaps...
Page 16 - The indignant muse, severely taught to feel, Shrinks from a theme she blushes to reveal. Too oft example, arm'd with poisons fell, Pollutes the shrine where mercy loves to dwell : Thus Rodmond, train'd by this unhallow'd crew, The sacred social passions never knew. Unskill'd to argue, in dispute yet loud, Bold without caution, without honours proud ; In art unschool'd, each veteran rule he prized, And all improvement haughtily despised.
Page 153 - At once cut off from fortune, life, and love ! Far other scenes must soon present my sight, That lie deep-buried yet in tenfold night — Ah ! wretched father of a wretched son, Whom thy paternal prudence has undone ; How will remembrance of this blinded care Bend down thy head with anguish, and despair...
Page v - Muses' academic grove Twas his the vast and trackless Deep to rove, Alternate change of climates has he known, And felt the fierce extremes of either zone : Where polar skies congeal th...
Page 140 - And, as it feels th' attraction's kindling force, Springs onward with accelerated course. With mournful look the seamen eyed the strand, Where death's inexorable. jaws expand. Swift from their minds elapsed all dangers past, As, dumb with terror, they beheld the last. Now, on the trembling shrouds, before, behind, In mute suspense they mount into the wind. The genius of the deep on rapid wing The black eventful moment seemed to bring; The fatal sisters on the surge before, Yoked their infernal horses...
Page 100 - To cut the masts and rigging from aboard; Then to the quarters bind each plank and oar To float between the vessel and the shore: The longest cordage too must be convey'd On deck, and to the weather rails belay'd: So they, who haply reach alive the land, The...

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