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WILLIAM FALCONER
Scottish poet
(1732 - 1769)

A captive fettered at the oar of gain.
      - [Avarice : Gain]

In vain, alas! the sacred shades of yore
  Would arm the mind with philosophic lore,
    In vain they'd teach us, at the latest breath,
      To smile serene amid the pangs of death.
      - [Shipwreck]

Sharp penury afflicts these wretched isles!
  There hope ne'er dawns, and pleasure never smiles.
    The vassal wretch contented drags his chain.
      And hears his famish'd babes lament in vain.
      - [Slavery]

Again she plunges! hark! a second shock
  Bilges the splitting vessel on the rock;
    Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries,
      The fated victims shuddering cast their eyes
        In wild despair; while yet another stroke
          With strong convulsion rends the solid oak:
            Ah Heaven!--behold her crashing ribs divide!
              She loosens, parts, and spreads in ruin o'er the tide.
      - Shipwreck (canto III, l. 642) [Shipwreck]

High in his chariot glow'd the lamp of day.
      - The Shipwreck (canto I, III, l. 3) [Sun]

Thou living ray of intellectual fire.
      - The Shipwreck (canto I, l. 104)
        [Intellect]

The sacred lamp of day
  Now dipt in western clouds his parting day.
      - The Shipwreck (canto II, l. 27) [Sunset]


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