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Saturn and Hesperus, and gallant Mars—
Never to flirt with heavenly eyes again.
Bianca did not watch these signs in vain,
By love, and night, and the occasion's meetness, Bestow'd a something on her cheek that smack'd
(Tho' quite in silence) of ambrosial'sweetness; That made her think all other kisses lack'd Till then, but what she knew not, of com
pleteness : Being used but sisterly salutes to feel, Insipid things—like sandwiches of veal.
He took her hand, and soon she felt him wring
The pretty fingers all instead of one; . Anon his stealthy arm began to cling
About her waist that had been clasp'd by none; Their dear confessions I forbear to sing,
Since cold description would but be outrun ; For bliss and Irish watches have the pow'r, In twenty minutes, to lose half an hour !
'Twas off the Wash—the sun went down—the sea
look'd black and grim, For stormy clouds with murky fleece, were muster
ing at the brim ; Titanic shades ! enormous gloom as if the solid
night Of Erebus rose suddenly to seize upon the light ! It was a time for mariners to bear a wary eye, With such a dark conspiracy between the sea and
Down went my helm-close reef'd—the tack held
freely in my handWith ballast snug-I put about, and scudded for
the land. Loud hiss’d the sea beneath her lee—my little
: boat flew fast, But faster still the rushing storm came borne upon
the blast. Lord! what a roaring hurricane beset the strain
ing sail ! What furious sleet, with level drift, and fierce as
saults of hail!
What darksome caverns yawn'd before! what
jagged steeps behind ! Like battle-steeds, with foamy manes, wild tossing
in the wind. Each after each sank down astern, exhausted in
the chase, But where it sank another rose and gallop'd in its
place; As black as night—they turn’d to white, and cast
against the cloud A snowy sheet, as if each surge upturn'd a sailor's
shroud: Still flew my boat; alas ! alas ! her course was
nearly run! Behold yon fatal billow rise—ten billows heap'd
in one ! With fearful speed the dreary mass came rolling,
rolling, fast, As if the scooping sea contain’d one only wave at
last ! Still on it came, with horrid roar, a swift pursuing
grave; It seem'd as though some cloud had turn'd its
hugeness to a wave! Its briny sleet began to beat beforehand in my face
[ing base! I felt the rearward keel begin to climb its swellI saw its alpine hoary head impending over mine! Another pulse—and down it rush'd—an ava.
lanche of brine !
Brief pause had I, on God to cry, or think of wife
and home; The waters closed—and when I shriek’d, I shriek'd
; below the foam ! Beyond that rush I have no hint of any after
deedFor I was tossing on the waste, as senseless as a
6 Where am I? in the breathing world, or in the
world of death ?” With sharp and sudden pang I drew another birth
of breath; My eyes drank in a doubtful light, my ears a
doubtful soundAnd was that ship a real ship whose tackle seem'd
A moon as if the earthly moon, was shining up
aloft; . But were those beams the very beams that I had
seen so oft ? A face, that mock'd the human face, before me
watch'd alone; But were those eyes the eyes of man that look'd
against my own?
Oh! never may the moon again disclose me such a sight
[night! As met my gaze, when first I look'd on that accursed VOL. II.
I've seen a thousand horrid shapes begot of fierce
extremes Of fever; and most frightful things have haunted
in my dreamsHyenas—cats-blood-loving bats—and apes with
hateful stare, Pernicious snakes, and shaggy bulls—the lion and
she-bearStrong enemies, with Judas looks, of treachery
and spiteDetested features, hardly dimm’d and banish’d by
Pale-sheeted ghosts, with gory locks, upstarting
from their tombsAll phantasies and images that flit in midnight
gloomsHags, goblins, demons, lemures, have made me
all aghast,But nothing like that GRIMLY ONE who stood be
side the mast!
His cheek was black—his brow was black-his
eyes and hair as dark : His hand was black, and where it touch’d, it left . a sable mark; His throat was black, his vest the same, and when
I look'd beneath, His breast was black—all, all was black, except
his grinning teeth.