The Shipwreck: A Poem

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Page 149 - 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 deafening clamour in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes?
Page 149 - With deafning clamours in the slippery clouds, That, with the hurly, death itself awakes ? Canst 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 132 - Awhile they wait the exhausted waves' retreat, Then climb slow up the beach with hands and feet — O Heaven ! deliver'd by whose sovereign hand Still on destruction's brink they shuddering stand, Receive the languid incense they bestow, That, damp with death, appears not yet to glow ; To thee each soul the warm oblation pays With trembling ardour of unequal praise ; In every heart dismay with wonder strives, And hope the...
Page 213 - The vessel, while the dread event draws nigh, Seems more impatient o'er the waves to fly. Fate spurs her on. Thus, issuing from afar, Advances to the sun some blazing star; And, as it feels th' attraction's kindling force, Springs onward with accelerated course.
Page 157 - Riches are oft by guilt and baseness earn'd ; Or dealt by chance to shield a lucky knave, Or throw a cruel sunshine on a fool.
Page 168 - Well, good night. If you do meet Horatio and Marcellus, The rivals of my watch, bid them make haste.
Page 121 - But now Athenian mountains they descry, And o'er the surge Colonna frowns on high : Beside the cape's projecting verge are...
Page 202 - It is an axiom jn natural philosophy, " that, every body will persevere in a state of rest, or of moving uniformly in a right line, unless it be compelled to change its state by forces impressed : and that the change of motion is proportional to the moving force impressed, and made according to the right line in which that force acts.
Page 39 - 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. The glassy Ocean hushed forgets to roar, But trembling murmurs on the sandy shore...
Page 27 - Thames meandering rolls his ample tide : There live the hope and pleasure of his life, A pious daughter, and a faithful wife : For his return with fond officious care Still every grateful object these prepare : Whatever can allure the smell or sight, Or wake the drooping spirits to delight, " This blooming maid in virtue's path to guide The...

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