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Oh turn and save! To thee, with streaming eyes, To thee each widow kneels, each orphan cries ! Who now, condemned the lingering hours to tell, Think and but think of those they loved so well!”
All melt in tears! but what can tears avail ? These climb the mast, and shift the swelling sail. These snatch the helm; and round me now I hear Smiting of hands, out-cries of grief and fear, * (That in the aisles at midnight haunt me still, Turning my lonely thoughts from good to ill) “ Were there no graves-none in our land,” they cry, “ That thou hast brought us on the deep to die?"
Silent with sorrow, long within his cloak His face he muffled--then the HERO spoke. “ Generous and brave! when God himself is here, Why shake at shadows in your mid career ? He can suspend the laws himself designed, He walks the waters, and the winged wind; Himself your guide ! and yours the high behest, To lift your voice, and bid a world be blest ! And can you shrink? to you, to you consigned The glorious privilege to serve mankind !
* Voci alte e fioche, e suon di man con elle.-DANTE.
Oh had I perished, when my failing frame*
- Was it for this I lingered life away,
- Yet in His name whom only we should fear, ('Tis all, all I shall ask, or you shall hear) Grant but three days”—He spoke not uninspired ; I And each in silence to his watch retired.
* His miraculous escape, in early life, during a sea-fight off the coast of Portugal.—Hist. c. 5.
+ Nudo nocchier, promettitor di regni! By the Genoese and the Spaniards he was regarded as a man resolved on a wild dedication of himself to unpathed waters, undreamed shores;” and the court of Portugal endeavoured to rob him of the glory of his enterprise, by secretly dispatching a vessel in the course which he had pointed out.
“ Lorsqu'il avait promis un nouvel hémisphère,” says Voltaire, avait soutenu que cet hémisphère ne pouvait exister; et quand il l'eut découvert, on prétendit qu'il avait été connu depuis long-temps.”
| He used to affirm, that he stood in need of God's particular assistance; like Moses, when he led forth the people of Israel, who forbore to lay violent hands upon him, because of the miracles which God wrought by his means. “ So,” said the Admiral, “ did it happen to me on that voyage.” Hist. c. 19.
At length among us came an unknown Voice ! “ Go, if ye will; and, if ye can, rejoice. Go, with unbidden guests the banquet share. In his own shape shall Death receive you there."
-“And so easily,” says a Commentator, are the workings of the Evil one overcome by the power of God!”
* This denunciation, fulfilled as it appears to be in the eleventh canto, may remind the reader of the Harpy's in Virgil.- Æn. III. v. 247.
Twice in the zenith blazed the orb of light;
“ Oh whence, as wafted from Elysium, whence These per fumes, strangers tothe raptured sense ?
These boughs of gold, and fruits of heavenly hue,
The sails were furled: with many a melting close,
* Ex ligno lucido confectum, et arte mirâ laboratum. P. Martyr. dec. i. 5. † The Simoom.
Salve, regina. Herrera, I. i. 12.-It was the usual service, and always sung with great solemnity. “I remember one evening,” says Oviedo, “ when the ship was in full sail, and all the men were on their knees, singing Salve, regina,” &c. Rela. cion Sommaria.— The hymn, O Sanctissima, is still to be heard after sunset along the shores of Sicily, and its effect may be better conceived than described.