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6. And soon that toil shall end :
Soon o'er thy shelter'd nest.
And shall not soon depart:
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT.
45. THE LANDSMAN'S SONG.
H, who would be bound to the barren sea,
If he could dwell on land-
On land, on land!
With an undaunted band :
On land, on land !
1 A bộss', a gulf; a bottomless depth; hence, any deep or immeasurable space; often, hell, or the bottomless pit.
THE SAILOR'S SONG.
3. Some say they could die on the salt, salt sea!
(But have they been loved on land ?) Some rave of the ocean in drunken glee
Of the music born on a gusty morn,
B. W. PROCTER.
46. THE SAILOR'S SONG.
HE sea! the sea! thē open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
Or like a cradled creature lies.
I am where I would ever be ;
What matter? I shall ride and sleep.
On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide,
mad wave drowns the moon,
And why the sou'west blasts do blow.
But I loved the great sea more and more,
5. The waves were white, and red the morn,
In the noisy hour when I was born;
As welcom'd to life the ocean-child !
Full fifty summers a sailor's life,
B. W. PROCTER.
47. THE CAVERN BY THE SEA.
Tonga islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, which can be entered only by diving into the sea, and has no other light than what is reflected from the bottom of the water.
2. A young chief discovered it accidentally while diving after a turtle, and the use which he made of his discovery will probably be sung in more than one Eū 'rope'an language, so beautifully is it adapted for a tale in verse.
3. There was a tyrannical' governor at Văvaoo, against whom one of the chiefs formed a plan of insurrection : it was betrayed, and the chief, with all his family and kin, was ordered to be destroyed. He had a beautiful daughter, betrothed to a chief of high rank, and she also was included in the sentence.
4. The youth who had found the cavern, and kept the secret to himself, loved this damsel. He told her the dānger to which she and all of her family were exposed, and persuaded her to place her safety in his hands. With her consent, he placed her in his canoe, and described the place of her proposed retreat, as he skillfully plied the oar in the direction of the cavern.
Tý răn' nic al, unjustly severe rebellion ; an attempt to overthrow in government; cruel.
a government. * In'sur rěc' tion, a rising against Be trothed', contracted or en. the authority of a city or state; a gaged to be married.
THE CAVERN BY THE SEA.
5. Like the rest of her countrywomen, the maid was an expert swimmer. Having reached the spot, they dived into the water, and entered the cavern, a large and commodious apartment, about fifty feet in length, and nearly the same in height, beautifully ornamented with sparry' incrustations.
6. Here he brought her the choicèst food, the finest clothing, mats for her bed, and sandal-wood oil to perfūme' herself: here he visited her as often as was consistent with prudence ; and here, as may be imagined, this Tonga Leän'derwooed and won the maid, whom, to make the interest complete, he had long loved in secret, when he had no hope. Meantime he prepared, with all his dependents, male and female, to emigrate in secret to the Fiji (fē'jē) islands.
7. The intention was so well concealed, that they embarked in safety, and his people asked him, at the point of their departure, if he would not take with him a Tonga wife ; and accordingly, to their great astonishment, having steered close to a rock, he desired them to wait while he went into the sea to fetch her, jumped overboard, and, just as they were beginning to be seriously alarmed at his lčng disappearance, ho rose with his mistress from the water.
8. This story is not deficient in that which all such stories should have to be perfectly delightful,-a fortunate conclusion. The party remained at the Fijis till the oppressor died, and then returned to Văvaoo, where they enjoyed a long and happy life. This is related as an authentic tradition.
Spar' ry, made of spar, a sub- ? Săn' dal-wood, a wood with a stance frequently found in caverns, very strong and sweet perfume, and formed by water mixed with which grows in the East Indies. lime and other substances, which Le ăn' der, the famous youth of trickling very slowly from above, Abydos, who was in love with Hero, presents the appearance of icicles the priestess of Venus, and swam hanging from the roof; and some- nightly across the Hellespont, to visit times, dropping also on the floor, her, and returned before daybreak. seem like inverted icicles, or icicles He was at last drowned one stormy upside down. These are what are night, as he was making his accuscalled sparry incrustations. When tomed visit. Nextmorning hiscorpse the incrustation hangs from the was washed upon the shore, whereceiling, with the sharp point down- upon Hero threw herself into the sea. ward, it is called a stalactite; when The Hellespont is what is now called it rises from the floor, with the point the Dardanelles, a narrow strait be uprard, it is called a stalagmite. tween Europe and Asiatic Turkey.
48. OUR NATIVE SHIPS.
1. UR native ships ! in fleet career, they linger not behind,
and wind. With banners on the breeze, they leap as gayly o'er the foam, As stately barks from prouder seas, that long have learn'd to roam
2. The Indian wave, with luring smiles, swept round them bright
to-day ; And havens of Atlantic isles are opening on their way; Ere yět these evening shadows close, or this frail song is o’er, Full many a straining mast will rise to greet a foreign shore.
3. High up the lashing northern deep, where glimmering watch
lights beam, Away in beauty where the stars in tropic brightness gleam, Where'er the sea-bird wets her bēak, or blows the stormy gale
, On to the water's furthèst verge our ships majestic sail.
4. They dip their keels in every stream that swells beneath the sky: And where old ocean's billows roll, their lofty pennants fly: They furl their sheets in threatening clouds that float across
the main, To link with love earth's distant bays, in many a golden chain.
J. T. FIELDS.
49. THE GREEK EMIGRANT'S SONG.
COW launch the boat
In these polluted islands more.