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to which he was exiled. But I must ing cradle: spectators of the world first speak of seas and of ships; and they have never entered. Within am I not well placed in London to this life, narrowed to so small a space speak of those things ?
under the clouds and over the abyss, “ You have seen that I embarked every thing is animated for the maat St Malo. We left the Channel, riner: an anchor, a sail, a mast, a and the immense billows coming cannon, are the creatures of his affecfrom the west, announced our en- tions, and hare each their historytrance on the Atlantic.
« That sail was shivered on the coast “ It is difficult for those who have of Labrador; the master sailsman never been at sea to form an idea of mended it with the piece you seethe sentiments experienced when That anchor saved the vessel, when from the deck of the vessel one sees all the other anchors were lost in on all sides nothing but the serious the midst of the coral rocks of the and menacing face of the abyss. Sandwich Isles—That mast was broThere is in the perilous life of a sailor ken by a hurricane off the Cape of an independence which springs from Good Hope; it was but one single his absence from the land. The pas- piece, but it is much stronger now sions of men are left upon the shore. that it is composed of two piecesBetween the world quitted and the The cannon which you see is the world sought for, there is neither love only one which was not dismounted nor country but on the element at the battle of the Chesapeake.' Then which bears us. No more duties to the most interesting news a-boardfulfil, no more visits to make, no * The log has just been thrown-the more journals, no more politics. vessel is going ten knots an hourEven the language of a sailor is not the sky is clear at noon-an obserthe ordinary language. It is a lan- vation has been taken—they are at guage such as the ocean and the such a latitude-so many leagues heavens, the calm and the tempest have been made in the right direcspeak. One inhabits a universe on tion—the needle declines, it is at the waters, among creatures whose such a degree—the sand of the sandclothing, whose tastes, whose man- glass passes badly, it threatens rain ners and aspects, resemble not the -fying-fish have been seen towards people of the earth; they have the the south, the weather will become roughness of the sea-wolf, and the calm ;-the water has changed its lightness of the bird. Their fronts colour-pieces of wood have been are marked by none of the cares of seen floating by-sea-gulls and wildsociety. The wrinkles which tra- ducks have been seen-a little bird verse them resemble the foldings of has perched upon the yards—it is a diminutive sail, and they are less necessary to stand out to sea, for chisselled by age than by the wind they are nearing the land, and it is and by the waves. The skin of these dangerous to approach it during the creatures, impregnated by salt, is red night. Among the poultry is a faand rigid, like the surface of the rock vourite sacred cock which has surbeaten by the billows.
vived all the others; it is famous “ Sailors have a passion for their for having crowed during a battle, vessel. They weep with regret on as if in a farm-yard in the midst of quitting it, and with tenderness on its hens. Under the decks lives a cat returning to it. They cannot remain of tortoise.coloured skin, bushy tail, with their families. After having long stiff mustaches, firm on its feet, sworn a hundred times to expose and caring not for the rolling of the themselves no more to the sea, they vessel : it has twice made the voyage find it impossible to live away from round the world, and saved itself it, like a young lover who cannot from a wreck on a cask. The cabin tear himself from the arms of a boys give to the cock biscuits soakfaithless and stormy mistress. In ed in wine; and the cat has the prithe docks of London and Plymouth vilege of sleeping, when it likes, in it is not rare to find sailors born on the hammock of the first lieutenant.' board ship; from their infancy to “ The aged sailor resembles the their old age they have never been aged labourer. Their harvests are difon shore, and have never seen the ferent, it is true; the sailor has led land but from the deck of their float- a wandering life, the labourer has
never quitted his field, but they both stones, which has no boundaries but consult the stars, and predict the the waves, no relays but the winds, future in ploughing their furrows; to no lights but the stars—the most dethe one the lark, the redbreast, and lightful of adventures, when one is nightingale-to the other, the alba. not in quest of lands and seas untross, the curlew, and the kingfisher, known, is the meeting of two vessels. are prophets. They retire in the The mutual discovery takes place evening, the one into his cabin, the along the horizon by the help of a other into his cottage: frail tene- telescope; then they make sail toments, but where the hurricane which wards each other. The shakes them, does not agitate their and the passengers hurry upon the tranquil consciences.
deck. The two ships approach,
hoist their flags, brail half up their • În the wind tempestuous blowing,
sails, and lay themselves alongside of Still no danger they descry;
each other All is silence; the two The guiltless heart, its boon bestowing, Soothes them with its lullaby.
captains, from the poop, hail each
other with speaking-trumpets—The Lullaby, &c. &c.'
name of the vessel—from what port “ The sailor knows not where death the name of the captain—where will surprise him, or on what coast he comes from—where he is bound he will leave his life. Perhaps he for-how many days his passage has will mingle his last sigh with the lasted, and what are his observations wind, attached to a raft to continue on the longitude and latitude.' bis voyage; perhaps he will sleep These are the questions— Good interred on a desert island, which voyage.' The sails are unbrailed, one may never light upon again, as and belly to the wind. The sailors he slept alone in his hammock in the and passengers of the two vessels middle of the ocean. The vessel is follow each other with their eyes, itself a spectacle. Sensible to the without saying a word ; these going slightest movement of the helm, an to seek the sun of Asia, those the hippogriff or winged courser, it sun of Europe, which will equally obeys the hand of the pilot, as a see them die. Time carries away horse the hand of its rider. Th separates travellers upon the elegance of the masts and cordages, earth more promptly still than the the agility of the sailors who cluster wind separates those upon
the ocean. about the yards, the different aspects They also make signs of adieu from in which the ship presents itself, afar-good voyage, the common whether it advances leaning upon port is Eternity. the water by a contrary wind, or flies “ The boatswain of the vessel I was straight forward before a favourable embarked in was an ancient superbreeze, make this scientific machine cargo, named Pierre Villeneuve. His one of the wonders of the genius of name alone pleased me, for it re
Sometimes the waves break called the good Villeneuve. He against its sides, and dash up their had served in India under Suffrein, spray; sometimes the tranquil water and in America under the Count divides without resistance before its D'Estaing; he had been engaged in prow. The flags, the lights, the a multitude of affairs. Leaning on sails, complete the beauty of this the fore part of the vessel, near the palace of Neptune. The main-sails, bowsprit, like a veteran seated on unfurled in all their breadth, belly the bank of his little garden in the out like vast cylinders; the top-sails, fosse of the Invalides, Pierre, whilst reefed in the midst, resemble the chewing a quid of tobacco, which breasts of a mermaid. Animated by swelled his cheek like a rheum, deimpetuous wind, the vessel with its scribed to me the effect of detonakeel, as with the share of the plough, tions of artillery on the decks during furrows with a mighty noise the a combat, the ravage the bullets fields of the ocean.
made in rebounding against the gun “On these vast paths of the deep, frames, the cannons, and the timbers. along which are seen neither trees, I made him talk of the Indians, the nor villages, nor cities, nor towers, negroes, the colonists; I asked him nor spires, nor tombs on this cause- how the people were dressed-how way without columns, without mile- the trees were shaped-of what co
lour was the earth and sky-what in the sciences and the arts. There was the taste of the fruits—if the is leisure enough in this moving mannas were better than peaches, hôtellerie, which voyages with its the palm-tree finer than the oak. He voyagers, to learn many adventures, explained to me all this by com- to form acquaintances, to conceive parisons taken from things which I antipathies, and to contract friendknew, The palm-tree was a great ships; and when those young wocabbage - the dress of an Indian men, of English and Indian blood,
was like the dress of my grand- joining the beauty of Clarissa with mother-all the people of the East, the delicacy of Sacontala, appear and especially the Chinese, were and disappear, then are formed cowards and robbers. Villeneuve those chains which the perfumed was from Brittany, and we did not winds of Ceylon, soft and light as fail to finish by singing the praises of they are, bend and unloose.” the incomparable beauty of our own country.
St Peter's Island, NEWFOUNDLAND. “The bell interrupted our conver- “The Governor lodged in a fort at sation. It regulated the hours of the extremity of the city. I dined dressing, of mustering the crew, two or three times with this officer, and of meals. In the morning, at a who was extremely polite and given signal, the crew ranged upon obliging. He cultivated, under a the deck to take off their blue shirts bastion, some of the vegetables of to change them for others banging Europe. After dinner, he shewed in the shrouds. The shirts taken me what he called his garden. A off are immediately washed in tubs, delicate soft odour exhaled from a in which the mariners all wash their little plot of beans and flowers. It brown faces and tarry hands. At was not wafted to us by a breeze the midday and evening meal, the from our country, or by a zephyr of sailors, sitting in a circle around love, but by a wild wind of Newtheir wooden bowls, plunge one after foundland, without relations with the other, regularly and fairly, their the exiled plant, without sympapewter spoons into their soup, un- thies of reminiscence or delight. In dulating to the rolling of the vessel. this perfume, which had changed its Those who are not hungry sell to climate, its culture, and its world, their comrades their portion of bis- were the melancholies and regrets of cuit and meat for tobacco or a glass absence and of youth. of brandy. The passengers eat in “We then went conversing to unthe captain's cuddy. During the der the mast on which the flag fine weather, a sail was often spread floated, which was planted on the over the aft of the vessel, and we height of the fort, wbilst, like the dined in view of the blue sea, whiten- women of Virgil, we looked upon ed here and there by the foam of the the sea, which separated us from our breaking waves. Enveloped in my natal land-flentes. The Governor cloak, I slept during the night on was agitated. He belonged to the the deck. My looks turned towards vanquished opinion; he was weary the stars above my head. The swell- of this rock,-a retreat suitable to a ing sail sent to me the freshness of dreamer like me, but a rude abode the breeze, which rocked me under for a man occupied with affairs, and the heavenly dome; dozing, and im- not having in himself that passion pelled by the wind, the sky changed which absorbs altogether, and makes with my dream.
the rest of the world disappear. “The passengers on board a ves- Mine host enquired about the Revosel offer a society different from lution, and I enquired about the the crew; they belong to ano- north-west passage. He was at the ther element; their destinies are advanced guard of the desert, but he on the earth. Some are seeking knew nothing of the Esquimaux, and fortune, others repose; some re- received nothing from Canada but turning to their country, others partridges. quittiog it; and others are voyaging “I was alone onemorning, to behold to study the manners of foreign the rising of the sun in the direction nations, and to instruct themselves of France. I sat down on a project
ing rock, my feet banging over the and we see the young men hunt the waves, which were unfurling them- white bear.' • Will your father soon selves below on the steep shore. A return?' 'Oh no, the captain will young female appeared on the higher take the vessel to Genoa with Guil. declivities; her legs were bare, laumy.' • But will Guillaumy rethough it was cold, and she walked turn ?' 'Oh yes, next season, at the amidst the dew. Her black hair return of the fishermen. He will was disposed in knots under an In- bring me in his venture, a silk cor. dian handkerchief, which was ar- set, a mus)in petticoat, and a black ranged round her head; above the necklace.' • And then you will handkerchief she wore a hat of straw, be dressed for the wind, the mounor rather of the reeds of the coun- tain, and the sea.
Shall I send you try, in the shape of a cradle. A à corset, a petticoat, and a necklace, bouquet of heath Jilac peeped from from America ?' Oh no.' her bosom, which contrasted with “She got up, took her basket, and her white chemisette. From time to hurried by a steep path along, a time she stooped to pluck some grove of fir-trees. She sung with a leaves of an aromatic plant, which is shrill voice the canticle of the miscalled in the island natural tea. sions. With one band she put these leaves
Tout brulant d'une ardeur immortelle, into a paper, which she held in the
C'est vers Dieu qui tendent mes desirs. other hand. She perceived me, and without the least timidity, came and “ As she went swiftly along, seasat by my side, put her basket near gulls, and beautiful marine birds, callher, placed herself like me, her legs ed egrets, from their tufts of feathers hanging over the sea, and looked up on their heads, flew up before her. at the sun.
She seemed to belong to their flock. “We remained a few minutes with. Having reached the sea, she sprung out speaking, and without daring to into a boat, unfurled the sail, and sat turn our faces towards each other. at the helm. One might have taken At last I became more courageous, her for the goddess Fortune. She and addressed her— What have was soon out of sight. you been gathering ?' She raised ber large black eyes, timid and proud, Che guidar gli doveva fatal donzella.
Vider picciola nave; e in poppa quella towards me, and replied, “ I have been gathering tea.' She presented “ Oh no! Oh yes, Guillaumy. The to me her basket.
Are you carry- image of the young sailor on the ing this tea to your father or to your yardarm in the midst of the winds, mother ?' 'My father is fishing with changed to her the frightful rock of Guillaumy.' How do you pass the St Peter into a land of delights; winter in the island ?' " We make nets; on a Sunday we go to mass
“L'isole di Fortuna, ora vedete." and to vespers; we sing the Canticles, then we play upon the snow,
THE CRUISE OF THE MIDGE.
“ The tempest gathered o'er her."
Lord Ullin's Daughter.
I was dreaming of the party I had It was some time before Joey heard so recently left, and again I was him, from the noise of the rain ; at confabulating with the mild placid length he knelt down and inclined women, and the fair child was also his ear on the head of the small ladthere. Oh, who can appreciate the der, swathed in a large boat-cloak, delights of female society like the with the water running off the snout poor sailor, who has been condemn- of his cap in a small spout. ed, month after month, to the gruff Any one speaking below in the society of great he men, and whose cabin there?” quoth Joey. horizon has during all that time been “ Yes,” said I ; “ what does the the distant meeting of sea and sky. weather look like?” Hillo, Brail, my boy-Brail."
“ Very black, sir, all round, but “ What is that who the deuce no wind as yet-it rains a little now hails so uproariously?" quoth I, and then, sir." more than half asleep,
why, what “ Rains a little now and then-Oh is the matter?"
Lord !” ejaculated Donovan;" where “Oh not a great deal,” rejoined is the Commodore ?” Donovan, from his berth at the op- “ About a mile on the starboard posite side of the small cabin ; bow." ly you snore so confoundedly loud “ And the ship ?” that I could get no sleep for your “ Close to, astern of us, sir.” trumpetings, Benjie ; and as you “ The swell seems heavy,” contispoiled my rest very sufficiently last nued I. night, I thought I would take the “ Very, sir-it has been increasing liberty of paying you off in the morn- during the whole of the watch ; the ing. But, Benjie, heard you ever ship you boarded yesterday evening any thing like that ?”
is rolling awfully heavy." « Like what?” said I.
Here some one from aft called to Why, like the noise of the rain little Peak, but I could not make out on deck just now."
what the voice said" How do you I listened, and perceived a low think so?” answered the midshipman. rushing noise, that gradually in- The man said something in reply, creased, until the sound appeared to but still I could not distinguish the be produced by a cataract of peas
words. pouring down on the deck above. “ I fear,” said Joey now, the
“ There's a shower for you, Master merchantman has sprung something Brail—when heard you such an- aloft, sir-there is a great bustle on other ?"
board of her-there, there, her fore Seldom, I confess—seldom—but topgallant-mast is gone." why have you roused me out in this Anxious to see what had befallen way, Donovan ?-if it should rain the ark of my interesting friends, I pike staves and old women-I cannot rose and dressed as fast as I could, help it.”-Snore.
and was in the act of going on deck Presently I was awakened by my when another tremendous thunder troublesome chum again, whose plump came down with even greater voice could scarcely be heard fury than before. I waited until it through the rushing of another heavy was over, and by this time the day shower on the hollow deck over- began to break. When I got on deck head. But this time he was address- the sky was very lowering, and the ing some one on deck, and from sea as black as pitch; and although where I lay I could see up the com- the increasing light proved that the panion ladder.
sun was not far below the horizon, I say, Mr Peak,” (the little mid yet there was not the smallest clear shipman,) “ Mr Peak, how does the streak in the east to be seen. The weather look ?"
whole vault of heaven was ink-black,