The Ocean Flower; A Poem. Preceded by an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Island of Madeira, a Summary of the Discoveries and Chivalrous History of Portugal and an Essay on Portuguese Literature

The Ocean Flower; A Poem. Preceded by an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Island of Madeira, a Summary of the Discoveries and Chivalrous History of Portugal and an Essay on Portuguese Literature

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...reviled, and hunted by The thing miscalled Society, a tear Might dim, but all in vain, the martyr's eye; A conscience pure transcends all human fear. And this shall be your fate till ends the world, Ye who would be Reformers I would expose Error or vice, Truth s sunlit flag unfurled, And fearlessly defy her puny foes. Yet, oh, despair not, great and generous souls, But bold pursue your tasks of human love; To thankless mortals multiply your doles, And trust for your reward from Powers above! Ha! what be these three anned ships that ride West of the Loo within Formosa Bay? Now he they friend or foe, whate'er betide, We shall the trembling issue learn to-day. The white-flag shews that they be sons of France, And Charles of France is Don Sebastian's friend. Why therefore shun they knighthood's bold advance? Why hide like robbers in a lurk-hole penned? Ho! rise, Da Camara, and gird thy sword; There's treason near--for by the warder's ken Upon Formosa's beach their boats have poured With pike and arquebuse a thousand men. The tocsin rang, the doubling war-drum pealed, The hasty musters filled the Royal square: --" Now for young Don Sebastian take the field, And strike for home and hearth, and do not spare!" Six hundred men by proud Da Camara led Marched forth that day and panting met the foe; And bloody was the fight till piles of dead Lorenzo's bulwark blocked in many a row. But what can valour in the art of war U nskilled 'gainst double numbers trained to arms? The French freebooters shoot them down from far, The clumsy citizen his neighbour harms. ' The Baluarte de S. Lourenco. Excess of desperation bids them crowd, And, ah! to give the pirates surer aim; If many a burgher...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236756088
  • 9781236756084