The Life and Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe: A Narrative Founded on Facts

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M.Day, 1837 - 64 strán (strany)
 

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Strana 61 - I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute ; From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute. Oh solitude ! where are the charms, That sages have seen in thy face ? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place. I am out of humanity's reach ; I must finish my journey alone : Never hear the sweet music of speech ; I start at the sound of my own.
Strana 63 - ... How fleet is a glance of the mind ! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light. When I think of my own native land, In a moment I seem to be there ; But alas ! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair. But the sea-fowl is gone to her nest, The beast is laid down in his lair, Even here is a season of rest, And I to my cabin repair. There's mercy in every place, And mercy, encouraging thought ! Gives even affliction a...
Strana 62 - Ye winds ! that have made me your sport, Convey to this desolate shore Some cordial endearing report Of a land I shall visit no more. My friends, do they now and then send A wish or a thought after me ? Oh, tell me I yet have a friend, Though a friend I am never to see.
Strana 61 - Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place. 1 am out of humanity's reach, I must finish my journey alone, Never hear the sweet music of speech, I start at the sound of my own. The beasts that roam over the plain My form with indifference see, They are so unacquainted with man, Their tameness is shocking to me.
Strana 63 - O tell me I yet have a friend, Though a friend I am never to see. How fleet is a glance of the mind ! Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind, And the swift-winged arrows of light. When I think of my own native land In a moment I seem to be there; But alas ! recollection at hand Soon hurries me back to despair. But the seafowl is gone to her nest, The beast is laid...
Strana 43 - Alexander saw the boat leave the Duke, and pull for the beach. He ran down joyfully to meet his countrymen, and to hear once more the human voice. He took in his hand a piece of linen tied upon a small pole as a flag, which he waved as they drew near to attract their attention. At length he heard them call to him, inquiring for a good place to land, which he pointed out; and flying as swift as a deer towards it, arrived first, where he stood ready to receive them as they stepped on shore. He embraced...
Strana 27 - He told us that his agility in pursuing a goat had once like to have cost him his life: he pursued it with so much eagerness...
Strana 36 - ... but as he saw that they were Spaniards, he chose to remain on the island and die alone, rather than run the risk of being shot, or linger out a life of misery in the mines of Peru or Mexico, which he supposed might be his fate if he should fall into their hands. It was a strict maxim of their policy never to allow an Englishman to return to Europe, who had gained any knowledge of the South Seas. Selkirk had lived alone in the island upwards of four years, when, on the last day of January, 1709,...
Strana 7 - Just befora getting under weigh, he was landed with all his effects, and he leaped on shore with a faint sensation of freedom and joy. He shook hands with his comrades, and bade them adieu in a hearty manner, while Stradling sat in the boat, urging their return to the ship, which order they instantly obeyed ; but no sooner did the sound of their oars, as they left the beach, fall on his ears, than the horrors of being left alone, cut off from all human society, perhaps for ever, rushed upon his mind.
Strana 47 - ... and he invited them to his hut ; but its access was so very difficult and intricate, that only Captain Fry accompanied him over the rocks which led to it. When Alexander had entertained him in the best manner he could, they returned to the boat, our hero bearing a quantity of his roasted goats' flesh for the refreshment of the crew.

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