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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Shipwreck
 
        He who has suffered shipwreck, fears to sail
Upon the seas, though with a gentle gale.
Herrick.    
  1
        Or shipwrecked, kindles on the coast
False fires, that others may be lost.
Wordsworth.    
  2
        Some hoisted out the boats, and there was one
That begged Pedrillo for an absolution,
Who told him to be damn’d,—in his confusion.
Byron.    
  3
        Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell—
  Then shriek’d the timid, and stood still the brave,—
Then some leap’d overboard with fearful yell,
  As eager to anticipate their grave.
Byron.    
  4
                    O, I have suffer’d
With those that I saw suffer! a brave vessel,
Who had no doubt some noble creature in her,
Dash’d all to pieces. O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart! poor souls! they perish’d.
Shakespeare.    
  5
        But hark! what shriek of death comes in the gale,
  And in the distant ray what glimmering sail
  Bends to the storm?—Now sinks the note of fear!
Ah! wretched mariners!—no more shall day
Unclose his cheering eye to light ye on your way!
Mrs. Radcliffe.    
  6
        And fast through the midnight dark and drear,
  Through the whistling sleet and snow,
Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
  Towards the reef of Norman’s Woe.
Longfellow.    
  7
        In vain, alas! the sacred shades of yore
Would arm the mind with philosophic lore,
In vain they’d teach us, at the latest breath,
To smile serene amid the pangs of death.
Falconer.    
  8
        Again she plunges! hark! a second shock
Bilges the splitting vessel on the rock;
Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries,
The fated victims shuddering cast their eyes
In wild despair; while yet another stroke
With strong convulsion rends the solid oak:
Ah heaven!—behold her crashing ribs divide!
She loosens, parts, and spreads in ruin o’er the tide.
Falconer.    
  9
 
 
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