The life and services of captain Philip Beaver

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209 ページ - To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
1 ページ - AH ! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar; Ah! who can tell how many a soul sublime Has felt the influence of malignant star, And waged with Fortune an eternal war; Check'd by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown, And Poverty's unconquerable bar, In life's low vale remote has pined alone, Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown...
154 ページ - Aboard, confest the father of his crew ; Brave, liberal, just, the calm domestic scene Had o'er his temper breathed a gay serene. Him science taught by mystic lore to trace The planets wheeling in eternal race ; To mark the ship in floating balance held, By earth attracted, and by seas repell'd ; Or point her devious track through climes unknown That leads to every shore and every zone.
45 ページ - But here some captain of the land, or fleet, Stout of his hands, but of a soldier's wit, Cries, — I have sense to serve my turn in store, And he's a rascal who pretends to more.
222 ページ - O'er the wild surge, when dismal shades preside, His equal skill the lonely bark could guide; His genius, ever for the' event prepared, Rose with the storm, and all its dangers shared. Rodmond the next degree to Albert bore, A hardy son of England's farthest shore, Where bleak Northumbria pours her savage train In sable squadrons o'er the northern main; That, with her pitchy entrails stored, resort, A sooty tribe, to fair Augusta's port: Where'er in ambush lurk the fatal sands...
41 ページ - tis, when Destiny proves kind, With full-spread sails to run before the wind! But those that 'gainst stiff gales laveering go 65 Must be at once resolved and skilful too.
162 ページ - which know no winter,' we ' devour them like shrimps ;' and in the event of their even overcoming both those obstacles, and ' vomiting their unhallowed crews upon our blessed shores, they will be received there by the British army — an army with which I have served in each quarter of the globe ; I know its merits, I know its foibles, I know it well ; and am as fully convinced as I am that I now write, that this army as far surpasses all others in bravery, as British seamen surpass all others in...
334 ページ - ... loss of time, the late French corvette Le Serpent, in order that you might, as early as possible, be made acquainted with those events which have already occurred, as well as be able to form some opinion of those which will probably follow. " The port of La Guayra I made in the morning of the 15th, and while standing in for the shore, with the cartel flag flying, I observed a brig under French colours just coming to an anchor. She had arrived the preceding night from Cayenne, with despatches...
135 ページ - ... such was the dire necessity at last, that for some days they were left without nutriment of any description. They eat their shoes, they devoured the leather of their pouches, and, scowling darkly at each other, their sinister glances betrayed the horrid fear of being at last reduced to a more fearful resource. In the end, their French guards were removed, under the apprehension that they might be made the sacrifice of ravening hunger : so great at last was their desperation, that they endeavoured...
329 ページ - vomiting their unhallowed crews upon our blessed shores, they will be received there by the British army — an army with which I have served in each quarter of the globe. I know its merits ; I know its foibles ; I know it well ; and am as fully convinced as 1 am that I now write, that this army as far surpasses all others in bravery, as British seamen surpass all others in skill : to it I willingly consign, without the least fear of the consequence, all who may land.

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