The Life of a Sailor, Volym 2

J. & J. Harper, 1833

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Sida 130 - As eager to anticipate their grave ; And the sea yawn'd around her like a hell, And down she suck'd with her the whirling wave, Like one who grapples with his enemy, And strives to strangle him before he die.
Sida 40 - The glorious, pious and immortal memory of the great and good King William — not forgetting Oliver Cromwell, who assisted in redeeming us from Popery, slavery, arbitrary power, brass money and wooden shoes.
Sida 135 - Nature, true to herself, resisted the endeavor, and the groan was deep and audible. The crew had long respected their gallant commander ; they knew his worth and his courage. On hearing him express his pain, and seeing him relinquish his hold to sink, two of the men grasped their dying officer and placed him in the stern sheets. Even now, in almost insupportable agony, that gallant fellow forgot his own sufferings, and thought only on rescuing the remaining few from the untimely grave which awaited...
Sida 218 - Could I embody and unbosom now That which is most within me, - could I wreak My thoughts upon expression, and thus throw Soul, heart, mind, passions, feelings, strong or weak, All that I would have sought, and all I seek...
Sida 133 - ... such was the impetuosity occasioned by their fright, that prudence was overlooked ; and in the hurried exertion of eight or ten endeavouring to scramble in, all on one side, the half-filled boat heeled below her gunwale in the water, and rolled over and over ; some got across her keel, the others held on by her, and all were saved from drowning.
Sida 136 - The voracious monsters endeavored to upset the boat; they swam by its side in seeming anxiety for their prey ; but, after waiting some time, they separated— the two rescued seamen found themselves free from their insatiable enemies, and, by the blessing of God, saved. Tired as they were, they continued...
Sida 142 - The brig passed, and the swimmer was every second getting farther in the distance ; every hope was gone, not a ray of that bright divinity remained, the fatigue had nearly exhausted him, and the sharks only waited for the first quiet moment to swallow their victim. It was in vain he thought of returning towards the boat, for he never could have reached her, and his companion had no means of assisting him. In the act of offering up his last prayer ere he made up his mind to float and be eaten, he...
Sida 141 - I'll do it, if it is to be done. Good by. Now, if you see those devils in chase of me, splash or make some noise to frighten them, but don't tell me you see them coming. Another shake of the hand — God bless you, Jack I keep your eye upon me, and make signals to the brig — there," said he, putting his knife down, "that might be of use to you, and here's my toggery.
Sida 138 - ... cat's paw of air,, which ruffled the face of the water for a few yards, all was calm and hushed. In vain they strained their eyes; in vain they turned from side to side to escape the burning rays of the sun ; they could not sleep, for now anxiety and fear kept both vigilant and on their guard. They dared not to court sleep, for that might have been the last of mortal repose. Once, they nearly quarrelled, but fortunately the better feelings of humanity overcame the bitterness of despair. The foremost...

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