Quedah; Or, Stray Leaves from a Journal in Malayan Waters

Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857 - 360 Seiten

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Seite 271 - 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.
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 309 - 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 235 - 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 237 - ... 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 298 - 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 309 - ... 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.
Seite 288 - But it is strangely observable, that whilst they were loading their guns, they heard a voice in the sea, crying out, ' Come, help ! come, help ! a man overboard ! come, help ! ' This made them forthwith bring their ship to the wind, thinking to take the man up, but heard no more of him. Then they came on board of us to see if we had lost a man : but we, nor the other ship, had not a man wanting ; for, upon strict examination, we found that in all three ships we had our complement of men, which made...
Seite 239 - 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 236 - 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 of fish, and a few marketables collected from the forests and coral reefs. Of esculent roots, they have the prioh and kalana, both bulbous, and not unlike coarse yarns.

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