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massive timbers crashing with the fatal force of the concussion. A wild shriek ascended from the deck of the stranger, and woman's shrill voice mingled with the sound.
20. All was now confusion and uproar on board both vessels. The Active had struck the stranger broad on the bows while the bowsprit of the latter, rushing in between the foremast and the starboard fore-rigging of the Active, had snapped her chains and stays, and torn up the bolts and chain-plates, as if they had been thread and wire. Staggering back from the shock, she was carried to some distance by a refluent wave, which suddenly subsiding, she gave such a heavy lurch to port, that the foremast, now wholly unsupported on the starboard side, snapped short off, like a withered twig, and fell with a loud splash into the ocean.
21. In the meanwhile, another furious billow lifted the vessel on its crest, and the two ships closed again, like gladiators, faint and stunned, but still compelled to do battle. The bows of the stranger, this time, drove heavily against the bends of the Active just abaft her mainrigging, and her bowsprit darted quivering in over the bulwarks, as if it were the arrowy tongue of some huge sea monster.
22. At this instant a wild sound of agony, between a shriek and a groan, was heard in that direction, and those who turned to ascertain its cause saw, as the vessels again separated, a human body swinging and writhing at the stranger's bowsprit head. The vessel heaved up into moonlight, and showed the face of poor Vangs, the quarter-master, his back apparently crushed and broken, but his arms clasped round the spar, to which he appeared to cling with convulsive tenacity.
23. The bowsprit had caught him on its end, as it ran in over the Active's side, and driving against the mizzen-mast," deprived the poor wretch of all power to rescue himself from the dreadful situation. While a hundred eyes were fastened in a gaze of horror on the impaled seaman, thus dangling over the boiling ocean, the strange ship again reeled forward,
a Mizzen-mast; the mast that supports the hindermost sails, being nearest the stern of the ship.
as if to renew the terrible encounter.
now slow and laboring.
24. She was evidently settling by the head; she paused in mid career, gave a heavy drunken lurch to starboard, till her topmasts whipped against the rigging of her antagonist, then rising slowly on the ridge of the next wave, she plunged head foremost, and disappeared forever.
25. One shriek of horror and despair rose through the storm - one wild, delirious shriek! The waters swept over the drowning wretches, and hushed their gurgling cry. Then all was still! all but the rush and whirl of waves as they were sucked into the vortex, and the voice of the storm which howled its wild dirge above the spot.
But her motion was
[The learner may note the transitions in the following piece, and tell how it should be read. See p. 60, and Rules for Expression, p. 52.]
"T WAS morn
Helm, turban, and tiara shone
A dazzling ring round Pharaoh's throne.
There came a man -the human tide
Shrank backward from his stately stride—
a Chaldee (kal'dee) sage; a prophet of Chaldea, an ancient country which lay near the river Euphrates. b Pharaoh (fa'ro;) the title of the ancient sovereigns of Egypt.
His cheek with storm and time was tanned
Told the dark king what step was near;
He stooped not at the footstool stone,
On Pharaoh's cheek the blood flusher
Yet on the Chief of Israel1
No arrow of his thousands fell;
All mute and moveless as the grave
Stood chilled the satrap' and the slave.
"Thou 'rt come," at length the monarch spoke;
The forehead peeled, the shoulder bare?
Shouted in pride the turbaned peers Up clashed to heaven the golden spears. 66 King! thou and thine are doomed!
a lsra-el; the common name of the Hebrew people and country. d Sa'trap; an offi cer of distinction.
"Yet there is time," the prophet said
The prophet spoke, the thunder rolled!
There came no word. The thunder broke!
Loose as the stubble in the field,
Lay, corpse-like, on the smoldering ground.
Still dumb?- then, Heaven, thy will be done!"
Echoed from earth a hollow roar,
The seventh plague of Egypt is referred to.
Still swelled the plaguea— the flame grew pale;
Till man and cattle, crushed, congealed,
Still swelled the plague, uprose the blast,
Before the whirlwind flew the tree,
The riches of Earth's richest zone,
And, lo! that first fierce triumph o'er,
To heaven the sage upraised his wand