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trusion, wheeled about and screamed close to us, in notes most grating to our ears.
While we were waiting in this state of anxiety in the boats below, our faithful watchman, perched on the peak of rock, suddenly called out, “ I see the ship!” This announcement was answered by a simultaneous shout from the two boats' crews, which sent the flocks of gannets and sea-mews screaming to the right and left, far into the bosom of the fog.
An opening or lane in the mist had occurred, along which we could now see the frigate, far off, but crowding all sail, and evidently beating to windward. We lost as little time as possible in picking our shivering scout off the rock -- an operation which cost nearly a quarter of an hour. This accomplished, away we rowed, at the utmost stretch of our oars, towards the ship.
We had hardly proceeded a quarter of a mile before the fog began to close behind our track, so as to shut out Rockall from our view. This we cared little about, as we not only saw the ship, but trusted, from her movements, that she likewise saw the boats. Just at the moment, however, she tacked, thereby proving that she had seen neither boats nor rock, but was merely groping about in search of her lost sheep. Had she continued on the course she was steering when we first saw her, she might have picked us up long before the fog came on again; but when she went about, this hope was destroyed. In a few minutes more, we, of course, lost sight of the frigate in the fog; and there we were, in a pretty mess, with no ship to receive us, and no island to hang on by!
It now became necessary to take an immediate part, and we decided at once to turn back in search of the rock. It was certainly a moment of bitter disappointment when we pulled round; and the interval between doing so and our regaining a resting-place was one of great anxiety. Nevertheless we made a good land-fall, and there was a wonderful degree of happiness attendant even upon this piece of success. Having again got hold of Rockall, we determined to abide by our firm friend till circumstances should render our return to the ship certain. In the mean time, we amused ourselves in forming plans for a future residence on this desolate abode, in the event of the ship being blown away during the night. If the weather should become more stormy, and should our position to leeward be rendered unsafe, in consequence of the divided waves running round and meeting, it was resolved that we should abandon the heaviest of the two boats, and drag the other up to the brow of the rock, so as to form, when turned keel upwards, a sort of hurricane-house. These and various other Robinson Crusoe kinds of resources, helped to occupy our thoughts, half in jest, half in earnest, till, by the increased gloom, we knew that the sun had gone down. It now became indispensable to adopt some definite line of operations, for the angry-looking night was setting in fast.
Fortunately, we were saved from further trials of patience or ingenuity by the fog suddenly rising, as it is called, -or dissipating itself in the air, --so completely, that, to our great joy, we gained sight of the ship once again.
It appeared afterwards that they had not seen our little island from the Endymion nearly so soon as we discovered her; and she was, in consequence, standing almost directly away from us, evidently not knowing whereabouts Rockall lay.
This, I think, was the most anxious moment during the whole adventure; nor shall I soon forget the sensations caused by seeing the jib-sheet let fly, accompanied by other indications that the frigate was coming about.
I need not spin out the story any longer. It was almost dark when we got on board. Our first question was the reproachful one, “Why did you fire no guns to give us notice of your position ? " “Fire guns !” said they; " why, we have done nothing but blaze away every ten minutes for these last five or six hours." Yet, strange to say, we heard not a single discharge !)
th (vocal): -- this, that, than, the, their, them, then, thence,
these, they, thine, thither, thou, though, thus, thy.
The Shipwreck. Wilsox.
Her giant form
Hush ! hush! thou vain dreamer ! this hour is her last : Five hundred souls, in one instant of dread,
Are hurried o’er the deck;
Becomes a lifeless wreck.
Her planks are torn asunder,
And a hideous erash, like thunder.
That gladdened late the skies,
Down many a fathom lies.
Gleamed softly from below,
d'er the wreaths of murmuring snow,
To the coral rocks are hurrying down,
O, many a dream was in the ship
Alive through all its leaves,
And the swallow's song in the eaves.
To the dangers his father had passed ;
Returned to her heart at last.
The whole ship's crew are there. Wailings around and overhead, Brave spirits stupefied or dead,
And madness and despair. Now is the ocean's bosom bare, Unbroken as the floating air ; The ship hath melted quite away, Like a struggling dream at break of day. No image meets my wandering eye, But the new-risen sun and the sunny sky. Though the night-shades are gone, yet a vapor dull Bedims the waves so beautiful; While a low and melancholy moan Mourns for the glory that hath flown.
The isles of Greece! the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung, -
Where Delos rose and Phæbus sprung!
The Scian and the Teian muse,
The hero's harp, the lover's lute,
Their place of birth alone is mute
The mountains look on Marathon
And Marathon looks on the sea;
I dreamed that Greece might still be free;
A king sate on the rocky brow
Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis ;