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Curld as they come, they strike with furious force,
Far off the peterel in the troubled way
High o'er the restless deep, above the reach
In-shore their passage tribes of seagulls urge, And drop for prey within the sweeping surge; Oft in the rough opposing blast they fly Far back, then turn, and all their force apply, While to the storm they give their weak, complaining Or clap the sleek white pinion to the breast, (cry; And in the restless ocean dip for rest.
Darkness begins to reign; the louder wind Appals the weak and awes the firmer mind; But frights not him, whom evening and the spray In part conceal-yon prowler on his way: Lo! he has something seen; he runs apace, As if he fear'd companion in the chase; He sees his prize, and now he turns again, Slowly and sorrowing : “Was your search in vain?" Grufily he answers, “ 'Tis a sorry sight! A seaman's body : there'll be more to-night !"
Hark! to those sounds! they're from distress at
How quick they come! What terrors may there be !
Others behold them too, and from the town
See one poor girl, all terror and alarm,
No need of this; not here the stoutest boat Can through such breakers, o'er such billows float: Yet may they view these lights upon the beach, Which yield them hope, whom help can never reach.
From parted clouds the moon her radiance throws On the wild waves, and all the danger shows; But shows them beaming in her shining vest, Terrific splendour! gloom in glory dress’d! This for a moment, and then clouds again Hide every beam, and fear and darkness reign.
But hear we now those sounds ? Do lights apI see them not! the storm alone I hear: [pear? And, lo! the sailors homeward take their way; Man must endure : let us submit and pray.
Such are our winter views; but night comes on: Now business sleeps, and daily cares are gone; Now parties form, and some their friends assist To waste the idle hours at sober whist; The tavern's pleasure or the concert's charm Unnumber'd moments of their sting disarm; Playbills and open doors a crowd invite, To pass off one dread portion of the night; And show, and song, and luxury combined, Lift off from man this burden of mankind.
Others, advent'rous, walk abroad and meet
Yes! there are real mourners : I have seen A fair, sad girl, mild, suffering, and serene; Attention (through the day) her duties claim'd, And to be useful as resign'd she aim'd: Neatly she dressd, nor vainly seem'd t' expect Pity for grief, or pardon for neglect; But when her wearied parents sunk to sleep, She sought her place to meditate and weep: Then to her mind was all the past display'd, That faithful memory brings to sorrow's aid : For then she thought on one regretted youth, Her tender trust, and his unquestion'd truth; In ev'ry place she wander'd, where they'd been, And sadly sacred held the parting scene : Where last for sea he took his leave : that place With double interest would she nightly trace; For long the courtship
was, and he would say,
Happy he sail'd, and great the care she took,
And every comfort men at sea can know
He call'd his friend, and prefaced with a sigh
He had his wish, had more: I will not paint The lovers' meeting : she beheld him faint : With tender fears, she took a nearer view, Her terrors doubling as her hopes withdrew; He tried to smile, and, half succeeding, said, “Yes, I must die ;" and hope for ever fed. Still long she nursed him: tender thoughts mean
time Were interchanged, and hopes and views sublime. To her he came to die, and every day She took some portion of the dread away; With him she pray'd, to him his Bible read, Sooth'd the faint heart, and held the aching head: She came with smiles the hour of pain to cheer; Apart she sighd; alone she shed the tear;
Then, as if breaking from a cloud, she gave
She placed a decent stone his grave above,
Here will she come, and on the grave will sit, "Folding her arms in long, abstracted fit; But if observer pass, will take her round, And careless seem, for she would not be found; Then go again, and thus her hour employ, While visions please her, and while woes destroy.