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Night fell; and dark and darker grew
prow wakes splendour; and the oar,
Oh blest retreat, and sacred too!
A phenomenon described by many navigators.
IN THE CRIMEA.
SHEPHERD, or Huntsman, or worn Mariner,
given by Fatima. Borne hence a bride, 'Twas here she turned from her beloved sire,
Oh, if thou canst,
To see his face no more.
There is a beautiful story, delivered down to us from antiquity, which will here perhaps
occur to the reader. Icarius, when he gave Penelope in marriage to Ulysses, endeavoured to persuade him to dwell in Lacedæmon; and, when all he urged was to no purpose, he entreated his daughter to remain with
When Ulysses set out with his bride for Ithaca, the old man followed the chariot, till, overcome by his importunity, Ulysses consented that it should be left to Penelope to decide whether she would proceed with him or return with her father. It is related, says Pausanias, that she made no reply, but that she covered herself with her Ulysses, suffered her to depart with him. A statue was afterwards placed by her father as a memorial in
part of the road where she had covered herself with her veil. It was still standing there in the days of Pausanias, and was called the
('Tis not far off) visit his tomb with flowers;
grave, Making it holy*
AN INSCRIPTION FOR A TEMPLE
DEDICATED TO THE GRACES.
APPROACH with reverence. There are those within,
* A Turkish superstition. + At Woburn-Abbey.
WRITTEN IN 1815.
Well, when her day is over, be it said,
swept the ocean, not an adverse prow
* An allusion to the battle of Waterloo. The illustrious Man who commanded there on our side, and who, in his anxiety to do justice to others, never fails to forget himself, said many years afterwards to the Author with some agitation, when relating an occurrence of that day, “ It battle of giants !"