Life in a Man-of-war: Or Scenes in "Old Ironsides" During Her Cruise in the Pacific

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L. R. Bailey, printer, 1841 - 267 pages

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Page 234 - BRIGHT flag at yonder tapering mast. Fling out your field of azure blue ; Let star and stripe be westward cast, And point as Freedom's eagle flew! Strain home ! O lithe and quivering spars ! Point home, my country's flag of stars ! The wind blows fair, the vessel feels The pressure of the rising breeze, And, swiftest of a thousand keels.
Page 128 - Their only labour was to kill the time ; And labour dire it is, and weary woe. They sit, they loll, turn o'er some idle rhyme •; Then, rising sudden, to the glass they go, Or saunter forth, with tottering step...
Page 262 - Now to her berth the ship draws nigh: We shorten sail — she feels the tide — "Stand clear the cable," is the cry — The anchor's gone; we safely ride. The watch is set, and through the night We hear the seaman with delight Proclaim "All's well.
Page 143 - Wha for his friend an' comrade had him, And in his freaks had Luath ca'd him, After some dog in Highland sang1, Was made lang syne — Lord knows how lang. He was a gash an' faithfu' tyke, As ever lap a sheugh or dyke.
Page 1 - Sorrow's tear. Nothing is lost on him who sees With an eye that Feeling gave ; — For him there's a story in every breeze, And a picture in every wave.
Page 59 - ... blue Ocean - roll! Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain; Man marks the earth with ruin - his control Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain A shadow of man's ravage, save his own, When for a moment, like a drop of rain, He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan Without a grave, unknell'd, uncoffin'd, and unknown.
Page 112 - ... on the body ; and, if they do not prove, do at least confirm these two great points, which are established by many other reasons that are altogether unanswerable.
Page 105 - But ships are but boards, sailors but men. There be land rats and water rats, water thieves and land thieves - I mean pirates - and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.
Page 48 - Each fiction still improved with added lies. OVID describes the palace of Fame as situated in the very centre of the universe, and perforated with so many windows and avenues as gave her the sight of every thing that was done in the heavens, in the earth, and in the sea. The structure of it was contrived in so admirable...

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