Over the Deep, the smiling Deep,
When summer-winds breathe low, When gentle barks, o'er waves asleep, Their course in gliding beauty keep, And the moon, from her airy watch tower steep
Weaves a long bright chain below, Oh then, Oh then, o'er the smiling Deep How pleasant 'tis to go !
Over the Deep, the angry Deep, When wintry wild winds blow, When breakers lash the headland steep, And the stormy billows heave and sweep, And over the ship like monsters leap, And dash her to and fro ! Oh, then, oh then, o'er the angry Deep How dreadful 'tis to go !
J. Gregor Grant.
A TRIP TO RANGOON.
During the south-west monsoon of 1846, at a season when ships put to sea in the Bay of Bengal with the comfortable anticipation of wet decks and close-reefed top-sails from the Sand-Heads to the Equator, the author accepted a friendly invitation for a trip to Burmah in the little schooner "Flora Macdonald"anoted in the Calcutta river not only for her smartness, but as the smallest craft sailing out of the port,aher burthen being only 42 tons !*
The surprise of some,athe mock congratulations of others, and the consolatory forebodings and warnings of several amongst his friends, (sailors too) might have led him to believe that in a suicidal spirit he had taken his passage for another world, or, as penance, to some probationary place of torments, rather than for relaxation, health, and professional gleanings to a neighbouring shore. This would have appeared mockery indeed, had it been known that but a few months afterwards a lady would occupy his place, and venture a yet longer and, as it proved, perilous passage to the Isle of France in the same little vessel ! The result of either voyage,
* In the Illustrated London News of July 6th, 1844, appeared a notice and drawing of a " Lilliputian piece of naval architecture" of 40 tons, called the " Hellespontbrought to notoriety from the fact of her having performed a voyage in safety from the Bermudas to England. The author refers to this fact as apology for the introduction of his " swan" !