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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 Excerpt: ...once were mine, Without the sin of violating thine: And, while the wings of Fancy still are free, And I can view this mimic show of thee, Time has but half succeeded in his theft--120 Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left. THE CASTAWAY. Obscurest night involved the sky, The Atlantic billows roared, When such a destined wretch as I, Washed headlong from on board, Of friends, of hope, of all bereft, 5 His floating home for ever left. No braver chief could Albion boast Than he with whom he went, Nor ever ship left Albion's coast With warmer wishes sent. 10 He loved them both, but both in vain, Nor him beheld, nor her again. Not long beneath the whelming brine, Expert to swim, he lay; Nor soon he felt his strength decline, 15 Or courage die away; But waged with death a lasting strife, Supported by despair of life. He shouted: nor his friends had failed To check the vessel's course, 20 But so the furious blast prevailed, That, pitiless perforce, They left their outcast mate behind, And scudded still before the wind. Some succour yet they could afford; 25 And such as storms allow, The cask, the coop, the floated cord, Delayed not to bestow. But he (they knew) nor ship nor shore, Whate'er they gave, should visit more. 30 Nor, cruel as it seemed, could he Their haste himself condemn, Aware that flight, in such a sea, Alone could rescue them: Yet bitter felt it still to die 35 Deserted, and his friends so nigh. He long survives, who lives an hour In ocean, self-upheld; And so long he, with unspent power, His destiny repelled; 40 And ever, as the minutes flew, Entreated help, or cried "Adieu!" At length, his transient respite past, His comrades, who before Had heard his voice in every blast, 45 Could catch the sound no more: For then, by toil subdued...
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William Cowper was a poet and a hymnodist who changed the direction of 18th-century nature poetry by writing on everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. Nick Rhodes is an editor and a poet.
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