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The Shipwreck (1762)
- With living colours give my verse to glow:
The sad memorial of a tale of woe!
- Introduction, lines 35-36.
- Thou living ray of intellectual fire.
- Canto I, line 104.
- High in his chariot glow'd the lamp of day.
- Canto I, 426.
- The sacred lamp of day
Now dipt in western clouds his parting ray.
- Canto II, line 27.
- Again she plunges! hark! a second shock
Bilges the splitting vessel on the rock;
Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries,
The fated victims shuddering cast their eyes
In wild despair; while yet another stroke
With strong convulsion rends the solid oak:
Ah Heaven!—behold her crashing ribs divide!
She loosens, parts, and spreads in ruin o'er the tide.
- Canto III, line 642.