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Barb’d with the sleeted snow, the driving hail,
from the rude summit of yon frozen steep, Contrafting Glory gilds the dreary deep! Lo!-deck'd with vermeil youth and beamy grace, Hope in her step, and gladness in her face, Light on the icy rock, with outstretch'd hands, The Goddess of the new Columbus ftands. Round her bright head the plumy * Peterels foar, Blue as her robe, that sweeps the frozen shore ; Glows her soft cheek, as vernal mornings fair, And warm as summer-funs her golden hair ; O'er the hoar waste her radiant glances stream, And courage kindles in the magic beam. She points the ship its mazy path, to thread † The floating fragments of the frozen bed.
While o'er the deep in many a dreadful form, The giant Danger howls along the storm, Furling the iron sails with numbed hands, Firm on the deck the great Adventurer stands ;
* Peterels foar. The peterel is a bird found in the frozen seas ; its neck and tail are white, and its wings of a bright blue.
+ The floating fragments. In the course of the last twenty-four hours, we passed through several fields of broken icė; they were in general narrow, but of confiderable extent. In one part the pieces of ice were so close, that the ship had much difficulty to thread them."
# Furling the iron fails. Our fails and rigging were so frozen, that they seemed plates of iron."
Round glitt'riog mountains hears the billows rave,
Appallid he hears but checks the rising figh,
And now antarctic Zealand's drear domain
* And the vaji ruin.--The breaking of one of these immense mountains of ice, and the prodigious noise it made, is particularly described in Cook's second roy. age to the south Pole.
+ Till Nature, &c.-" After running four leagues this course, with the ice on our starboard fide, we found ourselves quite embay'd, the ice extending from northnorth-east, round by the west and south, to eait, in one compact body; the weather was tolerably clear, yet we could see no end to it.”
† The olive-branch.-" To carry a green branch in the hand on landing, is a pacific fignal, universally un. derstood by all the islanders in the South Seasi”
With jealous low'r the frowning natives view
were, who in this iron clime
So when the Daughter of eternal Jove,
* And name exchang’d.-The exchange of names is a pledge of amity among these islanders, and was frequently proposed by them to Captain Cook and his people; so also is the joining noses.
ť His living store.-Captain Cook left various kinds of animals upon this coast, together with garden-feeds, &c.
The Zealanders had hitherto fubfifted upon fish, and such coarse vegetables as their climate produced ; and this want of better provision, it is supposed, induced them to the horrid practice of eating human flesh.
The masly trident with gigantic force
Now the warm solstice o'er the shining bay, Darts from the north its mild meridian ray; Again the Chief invokes the rising gale, And spreads again in desart seas the sail ; O'er dangerous shoals bis steady steerage keeps, O'er * walls of coral ambush'd in the deeps ; Strong Labour's hands the crackling cordage twine, And † neepless Patience heaves the founding-line.
On a lone beach a $ rock-built temple stands,
* Walls of coral. The coral rocks are described as rising perpendicularly from the greatest depths of the ocean, insomuch that the founding-line could not reach their bottom; and yet they were but just covered with water.-These rocks are now found to be fabricated by sea-infects.
† And feepless Patience." We had now passed fe. veral months with a man constantly in the chains heave ing the lead.”
# A rock-built temple." On one part of this ille there was a solitary rock, rifing on the coast with arched cavities, like a majestic temple."
Thro' the long aisles the murm’ring tempefts blow,
Next Fauna treads, in youthful beauty's pride,
* First gentle Flora.--Flora is the Goddess of modern Botany, and Fauna of modern Zoology: hence the pupils of Linnæus call their books Flora Anglica Fauna Danica, &c." The Flora of one of these islands contain'd thirty new plants.”
+ Vegetable filk.-In New Zealand is a flag of which the natives make their nets and cordage. The fibres of this vegetable are longer and stronger than our hemp and fax; and some manufactured in London, is as white and glossy as fine filk. This valuable vegetable will probably grow in our climate.
I A playful Kangroo.--The kangroo is an animal peculiar to those climates. It is perpetually jumping along on its hind legs, its fore legs being too short 10 be used in the manner of other quadrupeds.
l! Beauteous Pois.-" Ilic pci-bird, common in those countries, has fuatlicis of a fine mazarine biue, except ihose of the neck, which are of a beautiful filver grey; and two or three siiort white onco, which are in the pinion-joint of the wing. Under its throat dans