|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|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.
|She walks the waters like a thing of life|
And seems to dare the elements to strife.
Byron.The Corsair, Canto I. Stanza 3.
| [Adapted from Spenser, in whose mine Byron found the ore, fused it in the furnace of his own genius, applied his magnetic hammer to the casting, and fashioned it to its present beauty.]|| 3|
|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.
|And the stately ships go on|
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanishd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still.
Tennyson.Break, Break, V. 3.