My Journal in Malayan Waters: Or, The Blockade of Quedah

Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1860 - 360 Seiten

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Seite 318 - From life's throng'd path, unnoticed to expire. As the light leaf, whose fall to ruin bears Some trembling insect's little world of cares, Descends in silence, while around waves on The mighty forest, reckless what is gone ! Such is man's doom — and ere an hour be flown...
Seite 51 - ... October, 1815. It will be remembered that her husband embarked for India the year before. Thus a critic of the time spake with more wisdom than he was aware of, when he wrote the following sentence as to her Rosalind. "Of her figure it would be unjust at present to speak. She appears to be far advanced in that state in which ladies wish to be who love their lords.
Seite 291 - All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water everywhere Nor any drop to drink.
Seite 329 - There is a magnet-like attraction in These waters to the imaginative power, That links the viewless with the visible, And pictures things unseen. To realms beyond Yon highway of the world my fancy flies...
Seite 250 - These fugitives I believe to be identical with the Orang-laut, or Men of the Sea, spoken of by the earliest as well as modern writers when describing the different Malay races. Their proper home is in prahus, or canoes, although some of them occasionally settle upon the borders of the sea. Like the sons of Ishmael, their hand is against every man, and every man's hand against them.
Seite 253 - ... left unmentioned. On their manners and customs, I must needs be short, as only long acquaintance with their prejudices, and domestic feelings could afford a clue to the impulse of their actions. Of a Creator they have not the slightest comprehension, a fact so difficult to believe, when we find the most degraded of the human race in other quarters of the globe, have an intuitive idea of this unerring and primary truth imprinted on their minds, that I took the greatest care to find a slight image...
Seite 252 - Their minds do not find a higher range than necessity compels : the satisfying of hunger is their only pursuit. Of water they have abundance without search. With the sarkab, or fishspear, and the parang, or chopper, as their only implements, they eke out a miserable subsistence from the stores of the rivers and forests. They neither dig nor plant, and yet live nearly independent of their fellow-men ; for to them, the staple of life in. the East, rice, is a luxury. Tobacco they procure by the barter...
Seite 318 - As the light leaf, whose fall to ruin bears Some trembling insect's little world of cares, Descends m silence — while around waves on The mighty forest, reckless what is gone ! Such is man's doom ; and, ere an hour be flown, — Start not, thou trifler ! — such may be thine own.
Seite 255 - how miserable," but of this the objects of their commiseration were not aware ; in them they have provided all their wants ; their children sport on the shore in search of shell fish at low water ; and during high water they may be seen climbing the mangrove branches, and dashing from thence into the water, with all the life and energy of children of a colderclime, at once affording a proof that even they have their joys.
Seite 329 - ... groves — the shores of conch and pearl, Where she will cast her anchor and reflect Her cabin-window lights on warmer waves, And under planets brighter than our own : The nights, of palmy isles, that she will see Lit boundless by the fire-fly — all the smells Of tropic fruits that will regale her — all The pomp of nature, .and the inspiriting Varieties of life she has to greet, Come swarming o'er the meditative mind.

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