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Barb'd with the lected snow, the driving hail,
From the rude fummit of
frozen steep, Contrasting Glory gilds the dreary deep! Lo!-deck'd with vermeil youth and beamy grace, Hope in her step, and gladness in her face, Light on the icy rock, with outstretch'd hands, 'The Goddess of the new Columbus ftands. Round her bright head the plumy * Peterels foar, Blue as her robe, that sweeps the frozen shore ; Glows her foft cheek, as vernal mornings fair, And warm as summer-suns her golden hair; O'er the hoar waste her radiant glances stream, And courage kindles in the magic beam. She points the ship its mazy path, to thread + The floating fragments of the frozen bed.
While o'er the deep in many a dreadful form, The giant Danger howls along the storm, Furling the firon fails with numbed hands, Firm on the deck the great Adventurer flands ;
* Peterels foar.—The peterel is a bird found in the frozen feas ; its neck and tail are white, and its wings of a bright blue.
# The floating fragments.--". In the course of the laft twenty-four hours, we passed through several fields of broken ice ; they were in general narrow, but of confiderable extent.
In one part the pieces of ice were so close, that the Ship had much difficulty to thread them."
# Furling the iron fails.--". Our fails and rigging were so frozen, that they seemed plates of iron."
Round glittring mountains hears the billows' rave,
Appallid he hears ! --but checks the rising sigh,
from its relentless bourn.
And now antarctic Zealand's drear domain
And the vall ruin --The breaking of one of thefe immense mountains of ice, and the prodigious noise it made, is particularly described in Cook's second yoyage to the south Pole.
+ Till Nature, &c.-" After running four leagues this course, with the ice on our starboard fide, we found ourselves quite embay'd, the ice extending from northnorth-east, round by the west and south, to east, in one compact body; the weather was tolerably clear, yet we could see no end to it."
† The olive-branch.-". To carry a green branch in the hand on landing, is a pacific signal, universally understood by all the islanders in the South Seas."
With jealous low'r the frowning natives view
there were, who in this iron clime Soar'd o'er the herd on Virtue's wing sublime ; Rever'd the stranger-guest, and smiling strove To soothe his stay with hospitable love ! Fann'd in full confidence the tender flame, Join'd plighted hands, and * name exchang'd for name. To these the Hero leads f his living store, And pours new wonders on th' uncultur'd shore; The filky fleece, fair fruit, and golden grain ; And future herds and harvests bless the plain. O'er the green soil his Kids exulting play, And sounds his clarion loud the Bird of day ; The downy Goose her ruffled bosom laves, Trims her white wing, and wantons in the waves ; Stern moves the Bull along th' affrighted shores, Apd countless nations tremble as he roars.
So when the Daughter of eternal Jove,
* And name exchang’d.The exchange of names is a pledge of amity among these islanders, and was fre. quently proposed by them to Captain Cook and his people; so also is the joining noses.
+ His living fore.-Captain Cook left various kinds of animals upon this coaft, together with garden-seeds, &c. The Zealanders had hitherto fubfifted upon fish, and such coarse vegetables as their climate produced, and this want of better provision, it is supposed, induced them to the horrid practice of eating human flesh.
The masly trident with gigantic force
Now the warm solstice o'er the fhining bay, Darts from the north its inild meridian
ray ; Again the Chief invokes the rising gale, And spreads again in desart seas the sail ; O'er dangerous shoals his steady steerage keeps, O’er * walls of coral ambush'd in the deeps; Strong Labour's hands the crackling cordage twine, And † Deepless Patience heaves the founding-line.
On a lone beach a rock-built temple stands,
* Wall's of coral.-- The coral rocks are described as rising perpendicularly from the greatest depths of the ocean, insomuch that the founding-line could not reach their bottom ; and yet they were but just covered with water. Theie rocks are now found to be fabricated by fea-infects.
+ And Neepless Patience." We had now pailed several months with a man conflantly in the chains heav. ing the lead.”
| A rock-built temple.—“ On one part of this ifle there was a solitary rock, rising on the coast with arched cavities, like a majestic temple."
Thro' the long ailles the murm'ring tempefto blow,
* First gentle Flora.—Flora is the Goddess of modern Botany, and Fauna of modern Zoology: hence the pupils of Linnæuscall their books Flora Anglicam Fauna Danica, &c.-" The Flora of one of these ilands contain'd thirty new plants."
† Vegetable filk.-In New-Zealand is a flag of which the natives make their nets and cordage. The fibres of this vegetable are longer and stronger than our hemp and fax; and some manufactured in London, is as white and glofly as fine filk. This valuable vegetable will probably grow in our climate. .
I A playful Kangro.-The kangroo is an animal peculiar to those climates. It is perpetually jumping along on its hind legs, its fore legs being too short to be used in the manner of other quadrupeds.
|| Beauteous Pois.-" The poi-bird, common in those countries, has feathers of a fine mazarine blue, except those of the neck, which are of a beautiful filgrey ;
and two or three short white ones, which are in the pinion-joint of the wing. Under its throat hang