Powhatan: A Metrical Romance, in Seven Cantos

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Harper & brothers, 1841 - 199 էջ

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Էջ 6 - The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; And 'tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes. The birds around me hopped and played, Their thoughts I cannot measure: — But the least motion which they made It seemed a thrill of pleasure. The budding twigs spread out their fan, To catch the breezy air; And I must think, do all I can, That there was pleasure there.
Էջ 177 - Nay, so great was our famine, that a Salvage we slew and buried, the poorer sort tooke him up againe and eat him; and so did divers one another boyled and stewed with roots and herbs: And one amongst the rest did kill his wife, powdered her, and had eaten part of her before it was knowne; for which hee was executed, as hee well deserved: now whether shee was better roasted, boyled or carbonado'd, I know not; but of such a dish as powdered wife I never heard of.
Էջ 178 - But seeing by trade and courtesie there was nothing to be had, he made bold to try such conclusions as necessitie inforced, though contrary to his commission; let fly his muskets, ran his boat on shore, whereat they all fled into the woods.
Էջ 174 - Within is a country that may have the prerogative over the most pleasant places of Europe, Asia, Africa, or America, for large and pleasant navigable rivers: heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for mans habitation being of our constitutions, were it fully manured and inhabited by industrious people.
Էջ 185 - Namontack they would not hurt him : but a foule trouble there was to make him kneele to receiue his Crowne, he neither knowing the maiesty nor meaning of a Crowne, nor bending of the knee, endured so many perswasions, examples, and instructions, as tyred them all ; at last by leaning hard on his shoulders, he a little stooped, and three having the crowne in their hands put it on his head...
Էջ 159 - ... did murther one another, he prepared a number of ships, and got with him such men and women as were desirous to live in quietness : and taking leave of his friends took his way thitherward again.
Էջ 179 - As he is weary of his women, he bestoweth them on those that best deserue them at his hands. When he dineth or suppeth, one of his women before and after meat, bringeth him water in a wooden platter to wash his hands. Another waiteth with a bunch of feathers to wipe them in stead of a Towell, and the feathers when he hath wiped are dryed againe.
Էջ 156 - Such great and well proportioned men are seldome scene, for they seemed like Giants to the English...
Էջ 178 - Idoll made of skinnes, stuffed with mosse, all painted and hung with chaines and copper) borne before them : and in this manner, being well armed with Clubs, Targets, Bowes and Arrowes, they charged the English...
Էջ 180 - Priestes and kings dare come into them: nor the Savages dare not go up the river in boats by it, but that they solemnly cast some peece of copper, white beads, or Pocones into the river, for feare their Oke should be offended and revenged of them.

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