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The Cruise Of The Torch
Heligoland light--north and by west--so many league...

An Occurrence At Sea
In June, 1824, I embarked at Liverpool on board the V...

The Muckle Flugga Hussars
She was a member of that gallant and distinguished corp...

The Man And The Cannon
One of the carronades of the battery, a twenty-four p...

"strange Sail! Right Ahead!"
The strange sail was reported to Captain Dodd, then d...

Fate Of Seven Sailors Who Were Left On The Island Of St Maurice
The Dutch who frequented the northern regions during ...

The Loss Of The Vixen
On the 22d of October, 1812, at nine A.M., the United...

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The Absent Ship

Fair ship, I saw thee bounding o'er the deep,
Thy white wings glancing in the morning ray
And many a sparkling eye in vain did weep
For the bold hearts that steer'd thee on thy way:
Long days of grief have lingered into years:
Return! return! and charm away their tears.

I listen'd till the music and the song
Died on the waters as she swept along;
I watch'd her stately beauty, till it grew
A fading shadow on the distant blue;
Less, and still less--the waters are alone!
Queen of the ocean! whither art thou gone?

The wintry storm hath sighed itself to sleep,
Yet still thou lingerest on the faithless deep;
Have calmer seas, and skies of deeper blue,
Charm'd thee to bid thine island home adieu!
Long has yon dark-eye'd maiden wept in vain:
Return! return! and bid her smile again.

Long may'st thou weep, but never shalt thou see
Thy fair-hair'd mariner return to thee,
Clasp thy young beauty in a long embrace,
And read his pardon in thy happy face;
Thy gentle prayers, fair mourner, could not save!
Thy sailor sleeps within the stormy wave.

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