William Falconer

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William Falconer

William Falconer (21 February 1732 – December 1769) was a Scottish poet.


The Shipwreck (1762)[edit]

  • 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.

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