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Sea StoriesReuben James Able Seaman
This is a story that has oft been told before. But in...
Our Happy Home
Compared with that of a "27-knotter" of twenty years ag...
A Sea-fight On The Cuban Coast
By the orders of the British government, I cruised fo...
The Loss Of The Royal George
On the 29th of August, 1782, it was found necessary t...
The Men Behind The Times
Out of the north they came in their grimy, bluff-bowe...
Allen Of The Chesapeake
Give a ship an unlucky name, and it will last through...
The Sailor's Wife
The Icelanders were all returning now. Two ships...
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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