A Century of Emblems

A Century of Emblems

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Excerpt: ...mates he overpass'd, And health and sense were left behind. Now turned fanatic devotee He deems his mother church too slow, So charters some new craft that he A readier way to Heaven may go. Take heed, my Furius, lest you sail For love and patience all too fast, Without their convoy faith may quail A prey to pirate pride at last. 67 INEXPERIENCE. Eye of stranger magnifies danger. " Adown the dreadful glacis madly borne, Against that foaming barricado cast, The barque is doomed! and with a hissing scorn The surge will dance upon the foundering mast." The landsman thus; the seaman smiles, quoth he, 68 "The barque and wave, together mount and fall; The horse upholds his rider, so will she Career in triumph o'er the watery brawl. "Oft inexperience brandeth for a bane That which for noble uses wisdom gave; The path I hail to glory or to gain To you, untried, reflects an ocean grave." THE SUNKEN IRON-CLAD. O concentration of brute force! Rhinoceros of the deeps! O ugly Delos on whose shores No soft Latona sleeps! Scant room in thee for birth or love 'Mid monsters furnace-born, The iron-throated guns above, Below, the ripping horn. Heaven grant ere long we find in thee An emblem of all war Beneath the waves of Time's deep sea Buried for evermore! 69 THE MASTER'S WILL. Two Caravels to sea were gone, Two striplings passed the city gate; A shattered hull returns alone, A brother wails a brother's fate. But who elects for good or ill? Distrust not mercy though bereft; Though storm winds shriek the Master's will, One taken and the other left. 70 NOW OR NEVER. He who loses luck abuses. We stalked the great stag down the glen, Once more, alas! I failed to kill; Such is the lot of luckless men, Despite their energy and skill. And now he's safe beyond our ken 71 Upon the steep and misty hill. He'll come again, but not to-day, Where meet in one the foaming burns, While I in fortune's windy play Am tossed afar from braes and ferns, So plaineth he who throws away The...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236731549
  • 9781236731548