The Kings of the Reefs; A Poem in One Hundred and Seventeen Cantos

The Kings of the Reefs; A Poem in One Hundred and Seventeen Cantos

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...near embankment; Turning quick, before she reached it, At his lusty infant crying; Chatting to him like a mother, And for spirits great, departed. Vhen his stubborn wayward temper, Fought against his nurse's ruling, She would tell him how another Naughty little boy before him, Once upon a time, not heeding Vhat his aged grandam told him, Got a caution for his folly. On his swift and well-ciit sailer. Glared his eyes in fierceness at me, Vhen I rushed in terror past him, Ran, not hoping to escape him." Then his grandam, full of anger, Answered to the boyish rebel; "Stay not out again at night-time; 'Tis the time when spirits watch us. 'Twas the spirit of thy father, On his swift canoe, lamenting O'er the morals of his people, Vho, their duty had neglected; Left upon the beach his vessel; Never to his grave had hauled it; Now we know her earthly sailing, All is o'er and done for ever. Slackened are her sinnet lashings, Never more will they be tightened. Like her master, she is resting From the turmoil of the ocean. And the wise ones often tell us, /Vhen a hero dies and leaves us, His canoe should with him travel, That upon the spirit waters She may sail with wondrous sailing; "'Twas the spirit of thy father, He is come to vex and trouble All his kinsmen and his people, For their want of due attention, To the high and sacred duty, Done by all the thoughtful living, To their late departed heroes. See! Thy father's grave unfinished, And his swift canoe is missing. Crime enough to keep his spirit, _ From the distant spirit kingdom, Here, to trouble thoughtless ingrates; Now to terrify the people; Now to frighten all the children, Vho at all despise their elders, Disobey their words more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886445
  • 9781236886446