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Can sons of Neptune, generous, brave, and bold, Deaf to the voice of wo, her decks they board, In pain and hazard toil for sordid gold?
While tardy Justice slumbers o'er her swordThey can ! for gold, too oft, with magic art, Th' indignant Muse, severely taught to feel, Subdues each nobler impulse of the heart : Shrinks from a theme she blushes to reveal ! This crowns the prosperous villain with applause, Too oft example, arm'd with poisons fell, To whom, in vain, sad Merit pleads her cause : Pollutes the shrine where Mercy loves to dwell : This strews with roses life's perplexing road, Thus Rodmond, train'd by this unhallow'd crew, And leads the way to pleasure's blest abode; The sacred social passions never knew : With slaughter'd victims fills the weeping plain,
Unskill'd to argue, in dispute yet loud ; And smooths the furrows of the treacherous main. Bold without caution ; without honours proud :
O’er the gay vessel, and her daring band, In art unschool'd; each veteran rule he prized, Experienced Albert held the chief command ; And all improvement haughtily despised. Though train'd in boisterous elements, his mind Yet, though full oft to future perils blind, Was yet by soft humanity refined,
With skill superior glow'd his daring mind, Each joy of wedded love at home he knew; Through snares of death the reeling bark to guide, Abroad confest the father of his crew!
When midnight shades involve the raging lide. Brave, liberal, just—the calm domestic scene To Rodmond next, in order of command, Had o'er his temper breathed a gay serene : Succeeds the youngest of our naval band. Him Science taught by mystic lore to trace But what avails it to record a name The planets wheeling in eternal race ;
That courts no rank among the sons of Fame ? To mark the ship in floating balance held, While yet a stripling, oft with fond alarms By earth attracted and by seas repellid; [known, His bosom danced to Nature's boundless charms. Or point her devious track through climes un. On him fair Science dawn'd in happier hour, That leads to every shore and every zone.
Awakening into bloom young Fancy's flower; He saw the moon through heaven's blue concave But frowning Fortune, with untimely blast, glide,
The blossom wither'd and the dawn o'ercast. And into motion charm th' expanding tide;
Forlorn of heart, and by severe decree, While earth impetuous round her axle rolls,
Condemn’d reluctant to the faithless sea, Exalts her watery zone, and sinks the poles,
With long farewell he left the laurel grove, Light and attraction, from their genial source;'
Where science and the tunelul sisters rove. He saw still wandering with diminish'd force :
Hither he wander'd, anxious to explore, While on the margin of declining day,
Antiquities of nations now no more ; Night's shadowy cone reluctant melts
To penetrate each distant realm unknown, Inured to peril, with unconquer'd soul,
And range excursive o'er th' untravellid zone. The chief beheld tempestuous oceans roll ;
In vain-for rude Adversity's command, His genius ever for th' event prepared,
Still on the margin of each famous land, Rose with the storm, and all its dangers shared.
With unrelenting ire his steps opposed, The second powers and office Rodmond bore :
And every gate of Hope against him closed. A hardy son of England's furthest shore !
Permit my verse, ye blest Pierian train,
To call Arion this ill-fated swain!
For, like that bard unhappy, on his head,
Malignant stars their hostile influence shed.
Both in lamenting numbers o'er the deep,
With conscious anguish taught the harp to weep: For while, with darkling course, their vessels sweep Amid destruction panting to the shore.
And both the raging surge in safety bore
This last, our tragic story from the wave
Of dark Oblivion haply yet may save:
With genuine sympathy may yet complain,
While sad Remembrance bleeds at every vein. Wheeling in mazy tracks with course inclined.
Such were the pilots—tutor’d to divine
Th' untravellid course by geometric line ;
Train'd 10 command and range the various sail, But drooping and relax'd in climes afar
Whose various force conforms to every gale. Tumultuous and undisciplined in war.
Charged with the commerce, hither also came Such Rodmond was; by learning unrefined, That oft enlightens to corrupt the mind.
A gallant youth : Palemon was his name ; Boisterous of manners; train'd in early youth
A father's stern resentment doom'd to prove, To scenes that shame the conscious cheek of truth, His heart for Albert's beauteous daughter bled ;
He came the victim of unhappy love!
For her a secret flame his bosom fed.
This genuine passion, Nature's eldest born!
'Twas his with lasting anguish to complain,
Graceful of form, by Nature taught to please, 'A bar is known, in hydrography, to be a mass of earth or land collected by the surge of the sea, at the entrance of power to melt the female breast with ease, of a river or haven, so as to render the navigation diffi. To her Palemon told his tender tale, cult, and often dangerous.
Sost as the voice of Summer's evening gale:
O'erjoy'd, he saw her lovely eyes relent:
These o'er th' inferior naval train preside,
A sullen languor still the skies opprest,
High in his chariot glow'd the lamp of day,
O'er Ida, flaming with meridian ray:
Where famine, war, and storm are felt no more:
And black remembrance drown in generous wine.
But with Arion from the sultry heat
Of noon, Palemon sought a cool retreat.
What scenes of wo this hapless isle o'erspread!
Where late thrice fifty thousand warriors bled.
Till barbarous Ottoman at last prevailid;
The myrtles here with fond caresses twine ;
On mossy banks, beneath the citron grove,
The youthful wand'rers found a wild alcove:
Here first Palemon, while his pensive mind
For consolation on his friend reclined,
In Pity's bleeding bosom pour'd the stream
Too true thy words! by sweet remembrance taught,
The sense of gentle pity dwells in thine.
Albert thou know'st with skill and science graced,
In humble station though by Fortune placed,
Led Britain's conquering squadrons o'er the wave.
With flowery lawns and waving woods between,
A peaceful dwelling stands in modest pride,
• The intelligent reader will readily discover, that these Thus, though a recent date their friendship bore,
remarks allude to the ever memorable siege of Candia, Soon the ripe metal own'd the quickening ore; which was taken from the Venetians by the Turks, in For in one tide their passions seem'd to roll, 1669; being then considered as impregnable, and estecmBy kindred age and sympathy of soul.
ed the most formidable fortress in the universe.
There live the hope and pleasure of his life, Elysian scenes, too happy long to last !
Tou soon a storm the smiling dawn o'ercast !
Too soon some demon to my father bore Still every grateful object these prepare ;
The tidings that his heart with anguish tore.Whatever can allure the smell or sight,
My pride to kindle, with dissuasive voice,
Awhile he labour'd to degrade my choice;
For Love had aim'd the fatal shaft too sure;
Hope fed the wound, and absence knew no cure.
At last on cruel exile he resolved.
'Twas at that season when the fields resume With stern command to Albert's charge he gave,
The fluctuating pangs of hope and sear;
Thus, while the pangs of thought severer grew,
The vessel parted on the falling tide;
Yet Time one sacred hour 10 Love supplied. 0! while all-conscious Memory holds her power, The night was silent, and, advancing fast, Can I forget that sweetly-painful hour,
The moon o'er Thames her silver mantle cast; When from those eyes, with lovely lightning Impatient hope the midnight path explored, fraught,
And led me to the nymph my soul adored.
What raptures then the throbbing bosom swell;
O'er all the nerves what tender tumults roll,
O bliss supreme! where Virtue's self can melt
And kindle sweet Affection's purest fire !
Tis mine to feel the sharpest stings of Grief, Look down with pity, Oye Powers above!
Who hear the sad complaints of bleeding Love!
Alone can tell if he returns no more : The hovering anger yet thou may'st appease ;
Or if the hour of future joy remain, Go then, dear youth! nor tempt the faithless seas! Long-wish'd atonement of long-suffer'd pain! Find out some happier daughter of the town, Bid every guardian minister attend, With Fortune's fairer joys thy love to crown;
And from all ill the much-loved youth defend ! Where smiling o'er thee with indulgent ray,
-With grief o'erwhelm’d, we parted twice in Prosperity shall hail each new-born day.
vain, Too well thou know'st good Albert's niggard fate, And, urged by strong attraction, met again. Ill fitted to sustain thy father's hate!
At last, by cruel Fortune torn apart, Go then, I charge thee, by thy gen'rous love, While tender passion stream'd in either heart; That fatal to my father thus may prove :
Our eyes transfix'd with agonizing look, On me alone let dark Affliction fall,
One sad farewell, one last embrace we took. Whose heart for thee will gladly suffer all.
Forlorn of hope the lovely maid I left, Then, haste thee hence, Palemon, ere too late,
Pensive and pale, of every joy berest: Nor rashly hope to brave opposing Fate!
She to her silent couch retired to weep, She ceased ; while anguish in her angel face
While her sad swain embark'd upon the deep. O'er all her beauties shower'd celestial grace :
His tale thus closed, from sympathy of grief, Not Helen, in her bridal charms array'd,
Palemon's bosom felt a sweet relief. Was half so lovely as this gentle maid.
The hapless bird, thus ravished from the skies, O soul of all my wishes ! I replied,
Where all forlorn his loved companion flies, Can that soft fabric stem Affliction's tide!
In secret long bewails his cruel fate, Canst thou, fair emblem of exalted Truth!
With fond remembrance of his winged mate: To Sorrow doom the summer of ihy youth;
Till grown familiar with a foreign train, And I, perfidious! all that sweetness see
Composed at length, his sadly warbling strain, Consign'd to lasting misery for me?
In sweet oblivion charms the sense of pain. Sooner this moment may th' eternal doom
Ye tender maids, in whose pathetic souls
Compassion's sacred stream impetuous rolls ;
Ah! may no wand'rer of the faithless main
May never fatal tenderness approve Where Fate and Ruin sad dominion keep;
The fond effusions of their ardent love. Though tyrant duty o'er me threat’ning stands, O! warn'd by friendship's counsel, learn to shun And claims obedience to her stern commands; The fatal path where thousands are undone! Should Fortune cruel or auspicious prove,
Now as the youths, returning o'er the plain, Her smile or frown shall never change my love!
Approach'd the lonely margin of the main, My heart, that now must every joy resign,
First, with attention roused, Arion eyed Incapable of change, is only thine !
The graceful lover, form'd in Nature's pride. O cease to weep! this storm will yet decay,
His frame the happiest symmetry display'd;
And locks of waving gold his neck array'd;
Sofl-breathing o'er his cheek their bloom divine.
Not Cytherea from a fairer swain In smiling contrast gilds our vital day.
Received her apple on the Trojan plain! Thou 100, sweet maid !ere twice ten months are o'er The sun's bright orb, declining all serene, Shalt hail Palemon to his native shore,
Now glanced obliquely o'er the woodland scene. Where never Interest shall divide us more.
Creation smiles around; on every spray Her struggling soul, o'erwhelm'd with tender The warbling birds exalt their evening lay. grief
Blithe skipping o'er yon hill, the fleecy train Now found an interval of short relief;
Join the deep chorus of the lowing plain : So melts the surface of the frozen stream,
The golden lime and orange there were seen,
To the green ocean roll with chiding wave.
And lo! his surface, lovely to behold,
While all above, a thousand liveries gay, And from her cheek beguiled the falling tear, The skies with pomp ineffable array, While dying fondness languish'd in her eyes, Arabian sweets perfume the happy plains : She pour'd her soul to heaven in suppliant sighs-Above, beneath, around, enchantment reigne !
While yet the shades, on Time's eternal scale, The nervous crew their sweeping oars extend,
Now Morn, her lamp pale glimmering on the sight,
North-east the guardian isle of Standia lies, Or genial wine, awake the homely strain : And westward Freschin's woody capes arise. Then some the watch of night alternate keep, With winning postures, now the wanton sails The rest lie buried in oblivious sleep.
Spread all their snares lo charm th' inconstant gales. Deep midnight now involves the livid skies, The swelling stud-sails* now their wings extend, While infant breezes from the shore arise. Then stay-sails sidelong to the breeze ascend : The waning moon, behind a watery shroud, While all to court the wandering breeze are placed ; Pale glimmerd o'er the long-protracted cloud; With yards now thwarting, now obliquely braced. A mighty ring around her silver throne,
The dim horizon lowering vapours shroud,
The compass, placed to catch the rising ray,t
While Phæbus down the vertic circle glides. Whose summit trembles o'er the roaring deep, Now, seen on Ocean's utmost verge to swim, With painful step he climb'd; while far above He sweeps it vibrant with his nether limb. Sweet Anna charm’d them with the voice of love, Their sage experience thus explores the height Then sudden from the slippery height they fell, And polar distance of the source of light : While dreadful yawn'd beneath the jaws of hell. Then through the chiliads triple maze they trace Amid this fearful trance, a thundering sound Th' analogy that proves the magnet's place. He hears—and thrice the hollow decks rebound. The wayward steel, to truth thus reconciled, Upstarting from his couch on deck he sprung; No more th' attentive pilot's eye beguiled. Thrice with shrill note the boatswain's whistle rung. The natives, while the ship departs the land, All hands unmoor! proclaims a boisterous cry; Ashore with admiration gazing stand. AU hands unmoor! the cavern'd rocks reply! Majestically slow, before the breeze, Roused from repose aloft the sailors swarm, In silent pomp she marches on the seas; And with their levers soon the windlass arm.* Her milk-white bottom cast a softer gleam, The order given, npspringing with a bound, While trembling through the green translucent They lodge the bars, and wheel their engine round; At every turn the clanging pauls resound.
The wales.f that close above in contrast shone, Uptorn reluctant from its oozy cave,
Clasp the long fabric with a jetty zone. The ponderous anchor rises o'er the wave: Britannia, riding awful on the prow, Along their slippery masts the yards ascend, Gazed o'er the vassal wave that roll'd below : And high in air the canvass wings extend : Where'er she moved the vassal waves were seen Redoubling cords the lofty canvass guide, To yield obsequious and confess their queen. And through inextricable mazes glide.
Th’imperial trident graced her dexter hand, The lunar rays with long reflection gleam, or power to rule the surge, like Moses' wand, To light the vessel o'er the silver stream: Along the glassy plain serene she glides,
means of ropes, extending from her fore part to one or While azure radiance trembles on her sides
more of the boats rowing before her. From east to north the transient breezes play,
*Studding-sails are long, narrow sails, which are only And in th’Egyptian quarter soon decay.
used in tine weather and fair winds, on the outside of A calm ensues ; they dread th' adjacent shore ; the larger square sails. Stay-sails are three-cornered The boats with rowers arm'd are sent before : sails, which are hoisted up on the stays, when the With cordage fasten'd to the lofty prow,
wind crosses the ship's course either directly or Aloof to sea the stately ship they tow.t
| The operation of taking the sun's azimuth, in order
to discover the eastern or western variation of the mag. • The windlass is a sort of large roller, used to wind netic needle. in the cable, or heave up the anchor. It is turned about * The walcs, here alluded to, are an assemblage of vertically by a number of long bars or levers; in strong planks which envelope the lower part of the ship's which operation, it is prevented from recoiling, by the side, wherein they are broader and thicker than the rest, pauls.
and appear somewhat like a range of hoops, which sepaTowing is the operation of drawing a ship forward, by rates the bottom from the upper works.