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Between each cry they find the waters steal
On their strange prison, and new horrors feel;
Foot after foot on the contracted ground
The billows fall, and dreadful is the sound;
Less and yet less the sinking isle became,
And there was wailing, weeping, wrath, and blame.

Had one been there, with spirit strong and high,
Who could observe, as he prepared to die,
He might have seen of hearts the varying kind,
And traced the movement of each different mind :
He might have seen, that not the gentle maid
Was more than stern and haughty man afraid;
Such, calmly grieving, will their fears suppress,
And silent prayers to Mercy's throne address;
While fiercer minds, impatient, angry, loud,
Force their vain grief on the reluctant crowd:
The party's patron, sorely sighing, cried,

Why would you urge me? I at first denied.” Fiercely they answer'd, “ Why will you complain, “ Who saw no danger, or was warn'd in vain ?” A few essay'd the troubled soul to calm, But dread prevaild, and anguish and alarm.

Now rose the water through the lessening sand, And they seem'd sinking while they yet could stand; The sun went down, they look'd from side to side, Nor aught except the gathering sea descried;

Dark and more dark, more wet, more cold it grew,
And the most lively bade to hope adieu ;
Children, by love then lifted from the seas,
Felt not the waters at the parents' knees,
But wept aloud; the wind increased the sound,
And the cold billows as they broke around.

“Once more, yet once again, with all our strength,

Cry to the land—we may be heard at length.” Vain hope, if yet unseen! but hark! an oar, That sound of bliss! comes dashing to their shore; Still, still the water rises, “ Haste !" they cry, “Oh! hurry, seamen; in delay we die :" (Seamen were these, who in their ship perceived The drifted boat, and thus her crew relieved.) And now the keel just cuts the cover'd sand, Now to the gunwale stretches every hand : With trembling pleasure all confused embark, And kiss the tackling of their welcome ark; While the most giddy, as they reach the shore, Think of their danger, and their GoD adore.

NOTES TO LETTER IX.

Note 1, page 142, line 15. Those living jellies which the flesh inflame. Some of the smaller species of the Medusa (sea-nettle) are exquisitely beautiful: their form is nearly oval, varied with serrated longitudinal lines; they are extremely tender, and by no means which I am acquainted with can be preserved, for they soon dissolve in either spirit of wine or water, and lose every vestige of their shape, and indeed of their substance: the larger species are found in mis-shapen masses of many pounds weight; these, when handled, have the effect of the nettle, and the stinging is often accompanied or succeeded by the more unpleasant feeling, perhaps in a slight degree resembling that caused by the torpedo.

Note 2, page 142, line last.

And quickly vegetates a vital breed. Various tribes and species of marine vermes are here meant: that which so nearly resembles a vegetable in its form, and perhaps, in some degree, manner of growth, is the coralline called by naturalists Sertularia, of which there are many species in almost every part of the coast. The animal protrudes its many claws (apparently in search of prey) from certain pellucid vesicles which proceed, from a horny, tenacious, branchy stem.

Note 3, page 143, line 7.
Myriads of living points: th' unaided eye

Can but the fire and not the form descry. These are said to be a minute kind of animal of the same class; when it does not shine, it is invisible to the naked eye. THE BOROUGH.

Note 4, page 143, line 16. On weeds that sparkle, and on waves that blaze. For the cause or causes of this phenomenon, which is sometimes, though rarely, observed on our coasts, I must refer the reader to the writers on natural philosophy and natural history.

Note 5, page 146, line 20. Content would cheer thee trudging to thine home. This is not offered as a reasonable source of contentment, but as one motive for resignation : there would not be so much

envy if there were more discernment.

LETTER X.

CLUBS AND SOCIAL MEETINGS.

Non inter lances mensasque

nitentes,
Cum stupet insanis acies fulgoribus, et cum
Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat;
Verum hîc impransi mecum disquirite.

Hor. Sat. 2. lib. 2.

O prodiga rerum
Luxuries, nunquam parvo contenta paratu,
Et quæsitorum terrâ pelagoque ciborum
Ambitiosa fames et lautæ gloria mensæ.

Lucan. lib. 4.

Et quæ non prosunt singula, juncta juvant.

Rusticus agricolam, miles fera bella gerentem,
Rectorem dubiæ navita puppis amat.

Ovid. Pont. lib. 2.

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