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disappeared in the Atlantic, rendering its waters unnavigable.
Si quæras Helicen et Burin, Achaïdas urbes,
Invenies sub aquis. At the destruction of Callao, in 1747, no more than one of all the inhabitants escaped ; and he, by a providence the most extraordinary. This man was on the fort that overlooked the harbour, going to strike the flag, when he perceived the sea to retire to a considerable distance ; and then, swelling mountain-high, it returned with great violence. The people ran from their houses in terror and confusion; he heard a cry of Miserere rise from all parts of the city; and immediately all was silent; the sea had entirely overwhelmed it, and buried it for ever in its bosom: but the same wave that destroyed it, drove a little boat by the place where he stood, into which he threw himself and was saved.
P. 231, l. 12.
League beyond league gigantic foliage spread,
P. 231, 1. 14. “ Land!” and his voice in faltering accents died.
Historians are not silent on the subject. The sailors, according to Herrera, saw the signs of an inundated country (tierras anegadas); and it was the general expectation that they should end their lives there, as others had done in the frozen sea, “ where St. Amaro suffers no ship to stir backward or forward.”
Hist. del Almirante, c. 19.
P. 231, 1, 16. And (whence or why from many an age withheld)
The author seems to have anticipated his long slumber in the library of the Fathers.
P. 232, 1. 21. From world to world their steady course they keep,
As St. Christopher carried Christ over the deep waters, so Columbus went over safe, himself and his company.-Hist. c. 1.
P. 233, 1. 2. And, rising, shoot in columns to the skies, Water-spouts. See Edwards's History of the West Indies, I. 12. Note.
P. 234, 1. 1.
Many of the first discoverers ended their days in a hermitage or a cloister.
P. 234, 1. 15 & 16.
Of ANDES, Vast indeed must be those dismal regions, if it be true, as conjectured (Kircher. Mund. Subt. I. 202), that Etna, in her eruptions, las discharged twenty times her original bulk. Well might she be called by Euripides (Troades, v. 222) the Mother of Mountains; yet Etna herself is but " a mere firework, when compared to the burning summits of the Andes.”
P. 235, 1. 6.
Gods, yet confessed later.—Milton.- -Ils ne laissent pas d'en être les esclaves, & de les honorer plus que le grand Esprit, qui de sa nature est bon.Lafitau.
P. 235, 1. 10.
P. 235, l. 15. Of Huron or ONTARIO, inland seas, Lakes of North America. Huron is above a thousand miles in circumference. Ontario receives the waters of the Niagara, so famous for its falls; and discharges itself into the Atlantic by the river St. Lawrence.
P. 235, 1. 28. By Ocean severed from a world of shade. La plûpart de ces îsles ne sont en effet que des pointes de montagnes : et la mer, qui est au-delà, est une vraie mer Méditerranée. Buffon.
P. 236, 1. 8. Hung in the tempest o'er the troubled main; The dominion of a bad angel over an unknown sea, infestandole con sus torbellinos y tempestades, and his flight before a Christian hero, are described in glowing language by Ovalle. Hist. de Chile. IV. 8.
P. 236, 1. 13. No voice, as erst, shall in the desert rise; Alluding to the oracles of the Islanders, so soon to become silent: and particularly to a prophecy, delivered down from their ancestors, and sung with loud lamentations (Petr. Martyr. dec. 3. lib. 7) at their solemn festivals (Herrera. I. iii. 4) that the country would be laid waste on the arrival of strangers, completely clad, from a region near the rising of the sun. Ibid. II. 5. 2. It is said that Cazziva, a great Cacique, after long fasting and many ablutions, had an interview with one of the Zemi, who announced to him this terrible event (Hist. c. 62), as the oracles of Latona, according to Herodotus (II. 152) predicted the overthrow of eleven kings in Egypt, on the
appearance of men of brass, risen out of
Nor did this prophecy exist among the Islanders alone. It influenced the councils of Montezuma, and extended almost universally over the forests of America. Cortes. Herrera. Gomara. “ The demons, whom they worshipped,” says Acosta, “ in this instance told them the truth.”
P. 236, 1. 19.
These scattered fragments may be compared to shreds of old arras, or reflections from a river broken and confused by the oar; and now and then perhaps the imagination of the reader may supply more than is lost. Si qua latent, meliora putat. “ It is remarkable," says the elder Pliny," that the Iris of Aristides, the Tyndarides of Nicomachus, and the Venus of Apelles, are held in higher admiration than their finished works." And is it not so in almost every thing?
Call up him that left half-told
P. 238, 1. 5.
The soldier, fc. In the Lusiad, to beguile the heavy hours at sea, Veloso relates to his companions of the second watch the story of the Twelve Knights. L. vi.
P. 238, 1. 8. So Fortune smiled, careless of sea or land ! Among those, who went with Columbus, were many adventurers, and gentlemen of the court. Primero was the game then in fashion. See Vega, p. 2, lib. iii. c. 9.
P. 238, 1. 22. LERMA'the generous,' AVILA 'the proud;' Many such appellations occur in Bernal Diaz. c. 204.