The Columbiad by Joel BarlowThe Columbiad by Joel Barlow

The Columbiad

byJoel Barlow

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...crush; And now, to vengeance stung, with frantic air, Back on the British maindeck roll the war. 55o There swells the carnage; all the tar-beat floor Is clogg'd with spatter'd brains and glued with gore, And down the ship's black waist, fresh brooks of blood Course o'er their clots and tinge the sable flood. Till War, impatient of the lingering strife That tires and slackens with the waste of life, Opes with ingulfing gape the astonisht wave And whelms the combat whole, in one vast grave. For now the chamber'd powder caught the flames And into atoms whirl'd the monstrous frames 54o Of both the entangled ships; the vortex wide Roars like an Etna thro the belching tide; And blazing into heaven and bursting high, Shells, carriages and guns obstruct the sky; Cords, timbers, trunks of men the welkin sweep And fall on distant ships or shower along the deep. The matcht armadas still the fight maintain, But cautious, distant; lest the staggering main Drive their whole lines afoul, and one dark day' Glut the proud ocean with too rich a prey. 55o At last, where scattering fires the cloud disclose, Hulls heave in sight and blood the decks o'erflows; Here from the field tost navies rise to view, Drive back to vengeance and the roar renew, There shatter'd ships commence their flight afar, Tow'd thro the smoke, hard struggling from the war; And some, half seen amid the gaping wave, Plunge in the whirl they make and gorge their grave. Soon the dark smoky volumes roll'd away, And a long line ascended into day; 56o The pinions swell'd, Britannia's cross arose And flew the terrors of triumphing foes; When to Virginia's bay, new shocks to brave, The Gallic powers their conquering banners wave. Glad Chesapeak unfolds his bosom wide And leads their prows to...
Title:The ColumbiadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217756034

ISBN - 13:9780217756037