The Whispers of a Shell; Or, Stories from the Sea

The Whispers of a Shell; Or, Stories from the Sea

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...by turns from the boat, and all seemed thankful that their poor little favourite should lie under green turf and pleasant sunshine, instead of being thrown, like those who had died before, into the awful sea, over which their perilous travelling had lain so long.' THE PEARL DIVERS. 'Yea, more than all, Like a funereal pall, How the dark waters sweep above the dead! What sighs, like odours shed, The sea nymphs breathe above the early lost, Decking their sleep with pearls of priceless cost! Yet more, oh more: upon that ocean floor, Paved with the richest gems that ever shone, How pale death sets his throne!' R. S Helton Mackenzie. HE next story I want to tell you/ murmured the shell, 'is one I heard long ago, but I can give it you nearly in the words of the narrator; for we shells, who can echo so faithfully the sound of the wave, have wonderfully tenacious memories, and are, as it were, the echoes of the sea, as you can believe from our exact repetition of the voices of the waves. I must begin by telling you that, among the crew of your Uncle David's vessel, during one of his earlier voyages, there was a young Cingalese (or native of Ceylon) on board, who entered as second mate; and a very steady, trusty fellow he proved to be, with mind and manners far above his birth and station, so that he became a great favourite with your uncle and his young wife. On one occasion, when they were far out at sea, they fell into the region of the equatorial calms, lying between the passage of the trade winds. Here they were detained for some days, the ship making little or no way through the heavy, quiet sea, which seemed to have fallen asleep from the influence of the sultry air, and her sails hanging in heavy limp folds from the mast, where not the slightest...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665109X
  • 9781236651099