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This is the land where love and pity mourn
Captain John Smith, a gallant Englishman, was the founder of the Colony of Virginia, on the great Bay of Chesapeak; and Pocahontas, the daughter of the Indian Monarch Powhatan, was its interesting protectress. Smith, in an excursion, being surprized by a numerous body of red-men, under Opechancanough, was conducted to Powhatan, who doomed him to death: he was led to the place of execution, and his head bowed down to receive the blow of the war club, when Pocahontas rushed with mournful distraction through the crowd, and throwing her little arms about him, (she was by Smith's account only nine years old,) saved his life by her interposition. After this event she frequently visited Smith at James Town, whom she always addressed by the name of father, and at the age of seventeen married Mr. John Rolf, a young gentleman of rank in the colony, who had long been her respectful lover. She accompanied her husband to England with Sir Thomas Dale, where Smith, who liad preceded them, presented Pocahontas to James and his Queen, who received her with the respect due to a princess. This interesting Indian, whose whole life exemplified that
Are touch'd to fine Issues, died in early youth at Gravesend, when preparing to embark with
She flies on seraph's wing, and through the crowd,
With solemn awe, I view the spreading shore,
Those bloody priests, an execrable band,
her husband for her native country ; leaving a son who left only daughters, from whom are descended the Bowlings and Murrays, the Jeffersons and Randolphs, the Middletons and Pierpoints, the patricians of Virginia.
Their mystic misletoe, their hallow'd oak,
See you yon living rock of spheric shape
None there from me is dueIt looks misplac'd-preposterous in you. But, see, our sweet breeze leaves us from the westAt no one point the dog-vanet seems to rest. Doctor, your aid! your spy-glass lay asideLet the ship's cordage through your fingers glide.
* The Loggens, or rocking stones, in Cornwall, are immense masses of granite set on others of a smaller size, and so equally counterpoised that they can be stirred with a finger, but not moved out of their station. The Druids in their trials, by artfully converting the Loggen into an engine of superstition, made it answer the purpose of an ordeal. Mason has introduced it in his declamatory tragedy.
of The dog-vane is a small light vane with feathers and cork, whose staff is placed on the ship's quarter to shew the direction of the wind. * The spanker is a large sail set upon the mizen yard; it is reduced by ropes called brails.
For once turn sailor-help us with this brail-
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+ The guy is a rope used to keep steady the spanker-boom.
# In Britsh ships the main-top-mast stay-sail is used upon a bowline : in American vessels it is never set unless going large. The Yankey ships are so square-rigged, that, when close-hauled, a maintop-mast stay-sail would defeat its purpose, by taking the wind out of the main-topsail.
Our crew they put down Indians-from the wood
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