As we stood there, waiting on the strand Behold, a huge great vessel to us came, Dancing upon the waters back to land, As if it scornd the danger of the same. Yet was it but a wooden frame and frail, Glued together with some subtile matter; Yet had it arms and wings, and head and tail, And life to move itself upon the water. Spenser.Colin Clout, Vol. V. Line 212.
Upon the gale she stoopd her side, And bounded oer the swelling tide, As she were dancing home; The merry seamen laughd to see Their gallant ship so lustily Furrow the green-sea foam. Scott.Marmion, Canto II. Stanza 1.