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Five hundred souls in one instant of dread
Oh! many a dream was in the ship
Now is the ocean's bosom bare,
The ship hath melted quite away,
Wilson. 1 Pendant. See Pennon, note 1 of The Convict Ship, page 76.
THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS.
It was the schooner 1 Hesperus,
That sailed the wintry sea ;
To bear him company.
Blue were her eyes as the fairy-flax,
Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
That ope in the month of May.
The skipper he stood beside the helm,
His pipe was in his mouth,
The smoke—now west, now south.
Then up and spake an old sailor,
Had sailed the Spanish Main : 4 'I pray thee, put into yonder port,
For I fear a hurricane.
'Last night the moon had a golden ring,
And to-night no moon we see !'
And a scornful laugh laughed he.
Colder and louder blew the wind
A gale from the north-east ;
And the billows frothed like yeast.
THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS.
Down came the storm, and smote amain
The vessel in its strength ; She shuddered and paused, like a frighted steed,
Then leaped a cable's length.
“Come hither! come hither! my little daughter,
And do not tremble so ;
That ever wind did blow.'
He wrapped her warm in his seaman's coat,
Against the stinging blast ;
And bound her to the mast.
“O father! I hear the church-bells ring,
Oh, say, what may it be?' "Tis a fog-bello on a rock-bound coast!'
And he steered for the open sea.
"O father! I hear the sound of guns,
Oh, say, what may it be?' "Some ship in distress, that cannot live
In such an angry sea !!
“O father, I see a gleaming light,
Oh, say, what may it be?'
A frozen corpse was he.
Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark,
With his face turned to the skies, The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
On his fixed and glassy eyes.
Then the maiden clasped her hands and prayed
That saved she might be ; And she thought of Christ who stilled the wave
On the Lake of Galilee.?
And fast through the midnight dark and drear,
Through the whistling sleet and snow, Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
Towards the reef 8 of Norman's Woe.
And ever the fitful gusts between,
A sound came from the land ;
On the rocks and the hard sea-sand.
The breakers were right beneath her bows,
She drifted a dreary wreck,
Like icicles from her deck.
She struck where the white and fleecy waves
Looked soft as carded wool,
Like the horns of an angry bull.
Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice,
With the masts, went by the board ; Like a vessel of glass she stove and sank,
Ho! ho! the breakers roared !
At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach
A fisherman stood aghast,
Lashed close to a drifting mast.
The salt sea was frozen on her breast,
The salt tears in her eyes ;
On the billows fall and rise.
Such was the wreck of the Hesperus,
In the midnight and the snow ;
On the reef of Norman's Woe!
1 Schooner, a vessel with two masts. | 5 The moon had a golden ring, a lumin2 Skipper, captain.
ous halo round the moon, occa3 Veering flaw, varying gusts of wind. sioned by the density of vapoury 4 Spanish Main means here that part of particles in the atmosphere.
the Atlantic Ocean which washes Fog-bell, a warning bell rung in foggy the northern shores of South weather to prevent collisions. America between the Windward 7 The Lake of Galilee. See Matt. viii. Islands and the Isthmus of Darien. 23-27. It properly means the main land 8 Reef, rocks partially covered with of that continent; but came to be water, applied to the adjoining sea.
Fair pledges ofa fruitful tree,
Your date is not so past,
And go at last.
An hour or half's delight;
And so to bid good-night? 'Twas pity Nature brought
ye forth, Merely to shew your
And lose you quite. But you are lovely leaves,
where we May read how soon
things have Their end, though ne'er
so brave: And after they have shewn