A Farewell to My Old Shipmates and Messmates: With Some Examples, and a Few Hints of Advice

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W. Woodward, 1847 - 107 pages

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Page 106 - Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark Bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home; 'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark Char coming, and look brighter when we come...
Page 37 - Tis being, and doing, and having, that make All the pleasures and pains of which beings partake, To be what God pleases, — to do a man's best, And to have a good heart — is the way to be blest.
Page 68 - Breathes there a man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself has said, This is my own, my native land!
Page 58 - YEARS rush by us like the wind. We see not whence the eddy comes, nor whitherward it is tending, and we seem ourselves to witness their flight without a sense that we are changed ; and yet Time is beguiling man of his strength, as the winds rob the woods of their foliage.
Page 24 - Death is at all times solemn, but never so much so as at sea. A man dies on shore ; his body remains with his friends, and " the mourners go about the streets...
Page 7 - ... type of the divine nature itself! Even where our fellow-creatures are degraded by vice and poverty, let us still be gentle in our judging. The various fortunes which we every day see befalling the members of a single family, after they part off in their several paths through life, teach us, that it is not to every one that success in the career of existence is destined. Besides, do not the arrangements of society at once necessitate the subjection of an immense multitude to humble toil, and give...
Page 32 - ... or worse by far, torn from the very bed of his wife, to share the perils of the ocean, and brave the battle. All these horrors are done away with : the system of manning ships has improved with the march of intellect; and men who join the Navy, in nine cases out of ten gladly remain until they are promoted, or get pensions, perhaps medals for long service and good conduct.
Page 34 - How different it is now; every one can get a book, and read for himself. He can go to the library, take out a volume from a wellselected stock of books, and one day with another at sea, can have three hours to read and improve his mind.
Page 106 - My travels and my toils are now closed : and from this point of rest I may venture to look back upon the vicissitudes of my career, with, I trust, an acknowledging spirit, and a heart equally affected by gratitude and wonder. If my...

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