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A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
And a wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While, like the eagle free,
Away the good ship flies, and leaves
Old England on our lee.


O for a soft and gentle wind !
I heard a fair one cry;
But give to me the swelling breeze,
And white waves heaving high;
The white waves heaving high, my lads,
The good ship tight and free
The world of waters is our home,
And merry men are we.



There's tempest in yon hornéd moon,
And lightning in yon cloud;
But hark the music, mariners !
The wind is piping loud;
The wind is piping loud, my boys,
The lightning flashes free
While the hollow oak our palace is,
Our heritage the sea.



heritage (hěr'it aj): that which one

inherits, or comes into by right of

birth hollow oak: ships used to be built

of wood

lee (lē): the sheltered side
sheet (shēt): in sailors' language,

the rope that ties the lower part

of the sail to the boat yon: yonder, that


There have been many stories invented, that is, made up, about make-believe places. One of the best known of these is Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, who lived in Dublin two hundred years ago. He has his imaginary traveler, Gulliver, go first to Lilliput, where the people are about six inches high. Everything else in Lilliput is on the same scale. Then Gulliver goes to Brobdingnag, where the people are sixty feet high. There again everything is on the same scale of great size. You will enjoy reading the rest of the book, and seeing how clever the author is in carrying out his ideas.


On the fifth of November, which was the beginning of summer in the South Sea, we spied a rock within half a cable's length of the ship; but the wind was so strong that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately wrecked. Six of the 5 crew, of whom I was one, having let down the boat into the sea, succeeded in getting clear of the ship and rock.

We trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves, and in about half an hour the boat was overturned 10


by a sudden gust from the north. What became of my companions in the boat, as well as those who escaped on the rock, I could not tell, but I concluded that they were all lost.

For my own part, I swam as fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by wind and tide. I was almost exhausted, when I suddenly found myself in shallow water; and by this time the

storm had gone down. I walked nearly a mile 10 before I got to the shore, and from there went

nearly half a mile across the country, but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants.

I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, I found myself very sleepy. 15 I lay down on the grass, which was very short

and soft, where I slept more soundly than ever I remember to have done in my life.

life. When I waked, it was just daylight. I attempted to

rise, but was not able to stir ; for as I happened 20 to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were

strongly fastened on each side to the ground, and my hair, which was long and thick, was tied down in the same manner. I heard a confused noise

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about me, but, in the position I lay, could see nothing but the sky.

In a little while I felt something alive moving on my left leg, and moving gently forward on my breast until it came almost up to my chin; then 5 turning my eyes downward as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a

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