Household Gems; A Metrical Work

Household Gems; A Metrical Work

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...bid an adieu to our island home, The boat then shoved from off the strand And when a furlong or two from land, My baby, alas! just then I missed, Thechild I had so frequently kissed, I had supposed the little wee thing Was taken beneath a sailor's wing, And gently placed in the craft before It had been shoved from off the shore, To my dismay 'twas a sad mistake For my child--oh dear, how my heart did ache! I pondered but a moment or two Ere I decided just what to do I made what I call a desperate plunge And swam to the shore like a muskallonge, Contending of course with wind and wave For no other purpose but baby to save, While struggling in the turbulent deep, I thought alas, that my final leap Had just been made, for often my breath Would seem for a moment lost in death, The shore at length was reached and the spot Where my child was left, butI found him not. Of course I knew then some merciless beast Had sated himself with a terrible feast. My heart grew faint from this very cause And I for a while insensible was, But when I came to my senses again, I thought of my lonely condition then, I thought of my friends on the rolling deep And the thought was enough to make one weep, I bowed my head and thought with a sigh Of the months and years that had gone by, How very happy I might have been Surrounded by those I claimed as kin, The Female Crusoe. I43 Whose faces again I would never see While on this side of eternity. I thought of the waves that rolled between Myself and the lands I had never seen, And wished for the wings of a dove, that I Might rise in the atmosphere and fly, I also thought of my sad, sad fate, And I felt lonely and desolate, I would of necessity henceforth be Inclosed as I was by the deep blue sea, I felt...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236928555
  • 9781236928559