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T HE P 0 L V N K S I A N .
TIIK SPKCTKI3 SHIP OF SALEM.
IIY J. Ci. WHITTIER.
Cotton Mather the author of " Magnalia
Christi Americana," gives a singular
account of a vessel and crew, which left
Salem some time during the 11th century,
lor ' old England." It seems that among
the passengers were a young man and a
beautiful girl pale and sorrowful, how
ever whom no one knew, and who held
communion with no one. This excited
the alarm of some of the credulous people
of Salem: they supposed them to he de
mons or " prestigious spirits," and they
endeavored to dissuade their friends from
entering the ship but, nevertheless, a
goodly number of passengers went on
board the fatal ship. The remainder of
the story is told in the following lines.
The morning light is breaking forth
All over the dark blue sea
And the waves are changed they arc rich
As the morning waves should he:
And the rising winds are wandering out,
On their seaward pinions free.
The bark is ready the sails arc set,
And the boat rocks on the shore
Say why do the passengers linger yet?
Is not the farewell o'er?
Do those who enter that gallant ship
Go forth, to return no. more?
A wailing rose by the water-side,
A young, fair girl was there
With a face as pale as the face of death
When its coifm-lid is bare;
And an eye as strangely beautiful
As a star in the upper air.
She leaned on a youthtul stranger's arm,
A tall and silent one
Who stood in the very midst of the crowd,
Yet uttered a word to none:
lie gazed on the sea and waiting ship
But he gazed on them alone!
The fair girl leaned on the stranger's arm,
-. And she wept as one in fear;
But he heeded not the plaintive moan,
And the dropping of the tear;
His eye was fixed on the stirring sea,
Cold, darkly and severe!
The boat was filled the shore was left
The farewell word was said
But the vast crowd lingered still behind.
With an over-powenug dread;
They feared that stranger and his bride,
So pale, and like the dead.
And many said that an evil pair
Among their friends had gone,
A demon with his human prey,
From the quiet grave-yard drawn;
And a prayer was heard that the innocent
Might escape the Evil One.
Away tho good ship sped away,
Out on the broad high sea
The sun upon her path before
Behind, the steady breeze
And there was nought in sea or sky
Of fearful auguries.
The day passed on the sun-light fell
All slantwise from the west,
And then the heavy clouds of storm
Sat on the ocean's breast;
And every swelling billow mourned,
Like a living thing distressed.
Tne sun went down among the clouds,
Tinging with sudden gold,
The pall-like shadow of the storm,
On every mighty fold;
And then tho lightning's eye looked foith,
And the red thunder rolled.
The storm came down upon the sea,
In its surpassing dread,
Rousing the white and broken surge
Above its rocky bed;
As if the deep was stirred beneath
A giant's viewless tread.
All night the hurricane went on,
And all along the shore
The smothered cry of shipwrecked men
Blent with the ocean's roar;
The gray-haired man had scarcely known.
So wild a night before.
Morn rose upon a tossing sea,
The tempest's work was done;
And freely over land and wave
Shone out the blessed sun
But where was she that merchant-bark,
Where had the good ship gone?
Men gathered on the shore to w atch.
The billow's heavy swell,
Hoping, yet fearing much, some frail
Memorial might tell
The fate of that disastrous ship,
Of friends they loved so well.
None came the billows smoothed away
And all was strangly calm,
As if the very sea had felt
A necromancer's charm,
And not trace was left behind,
Of violence and harm.
The twilight came with sky of gold
And curtaining of night
And then a sudden cry rang out,
4 A ship the ship in sight!'
And lo! tall masts grew visible
. Within the fadin:
Near and more near the ship came on,
With all her broad sails spread
The night grew thick, but a phantom light
Around her path was shed;
And the gazers shuddered as on she came,
For against the wind she sped.
They saw by the dim and baleful glare
Around that voyager thrown,
The upright forms of the well known crew,
As pale and fixed as stone
And they called to them, but no sound came
Save the echoed cry alone.
The fearful stranger youth was there,
And clasped in his embrace,
The pale and passing sorrowful
Gazed wildly in his face;
Like one who had been wakened from
The silent burial place.
A shudder ran along the crowd
And a holy man knelt there,
On the wet sea-sand, and offered up
A faint and trembling prayer,
That God would shield his people from
The Spirits of the air!
And lo! the vision passed away
The Spectre-Ship the crew
The stranger and his pallid bride
Departed from their view;
And nought was left upon the waves,
Beneath the arching blue.
It passed away that vision strange
Forever from their sight;
Vet, long shall Naumkcug's annals tell
The story of that night
The phantom-bark the ghostly crew,
The pale, encircling light.
MERC HA NDIZS
FOIl SALE BY
Received from New York per Ship
10 Bales Brown Drills,
'30 " " Sheeting, -1-1
IT " " Shirting
1 Case Long Cloth
1 ki Colored Cambric
I Bale Scarlet Flannel
1 " " Blankets
10 Bolts Brus'jins J)ijrk
20 Kavens "
10 " Russia Sheeting
I Cases Prints
50 Baskets Champagne
10 Boxes Muscat Wine
1 Ita Collee,
(j Boxes Loaf Sugar
150 Demijons, 5 galls.
90 pair Vcnitian Window Blinds
90 Window Frames, sashes, &c. com
plete 8 M. best Am. Shingles
8 Hand Carts
Lot of Tin and Wooden Ware
2 Bags Popper
50 Bbls. fresh Am. Flour
50 Kegs White Lead
I Case Verdigris in cans
5 Crates Crockery assorted
3 Casks Glass ware do.
1 Crate Dining sets, French ware
2 Bureaus 3 Sofas
1 Centre Table 1 Commode
120 Molasses Shooks
SO Bales Am. Leaf Tobacco.
15 Bbls Tar
5 " Bright Varnish
1 Box Powder in cannlstcrs
50 Kegs do.
April 11, 1810. t.f.
Received per Lama, from IZos
tosi, mid on hand.
20 Cases 4-4 Indigo blue Cottons
3 " 3-1 do. do.
20 " 3-4 Chiekopee Cottons
1 " Linen fold Cottons
2 " Bleached Cotton Drill
4 " York and Satin Jeans
1 " Ticking
30 Bolts Am. Cotton Duck
2 Cases Merrimack blue Prints
1 " Orange Prints
2 " Furniture Chintz
1 " Linen Coats, &c.
1 " Marseilles Quilts
1 " Cotton Ildks.
5 " Cotton Thread
1 " Pink Cambric
1 Can Copal Varnish
20 doz. Swaim's Panacea
2 Cases Table Salt, in small boxes
80 doz. Cider, packed in table salt
5 Bbls. Linseed Oil
20 doz. Olive Oil
40 " tin boxes Seidlitz Powders
2 Bbls. Spirits Turpentine
3 Cases Friction Matches
500 Boxes Soap
10 doz. Hock Wine
20 " Champagne
' 2 Cases Loaf Sugar
1 Cask Colfec
10 qr. Casks Sicily Madeira Wine
10 Boxes Pipes
20 Sides Sole Leather
4 Patent "
12 Morocco Skins and Binding Leather
1 Box Shoe Thread I bbl. shoe Pegs
50 Ox Bows 50 doz. Axe Handles
2 Cases Fur Hats and Cups
10 Packages Hard Ware assorted
Also many other articles too numerous
PEIUCE & BREWER.
April 10, 1611. t. f.
Open Work Lisle Hose Blond Qui.
ing Black Blond Footing Green Lip
Veils 1-4 Length Kid and Whit- i
HENRY PATY & CO., have just
received per Ship Morea, from New
York, a large variety of New and Fash
ionable Staple and Fancy Goods (selected
expressly for this market, by a Lady long
resident here), among which may be
Plain, Figured Colored, and Flor
ence Silk Pink, Stamped and other
Satins French Crape Black Bomba
zineFigured and Satin-Stripe Shally
Paradise Mousline De Laine Plaid
Swiss Muslin Black Satin and other
Vcstings, super quality 5-4 Silk Star
Blond 5-4 Silk Black Square Net
Fancy Prints Thibet M. De Luine
Silk and Large Net Shawls Silk, Me
rino, Shally, Pic-nic, Gauze and Lou
sine Scarfs-French Muslin, and Lace
Wrought Collars and Capes Ladies
hair uiovcs L,inen uainbric Handle
Ladies Cravats Lisle Edging lW.
Neck Ties trench Cuffs-
Victoria Robes Bonnet Fronts and
Crowns Tnflbta, Gauze, Satin, Silk
Garniture, Cap, Belt, Plain, Figured
and Velvet Ribbons, splendid assoru
tnent Stay Tapes and Lncets Stav
Backs Steel Busks Black Silk FrVs
Super White Spool Cotton IJein.
ming's Needles Scissors, assorted
Silver Thimbles Strawberry Emeries
Inlaid Shell Card Cases Fancy Al
mond, Peach and other Soaps Ulack
Silk Braids Piping Cord Linen Floss
6 dozen Pasteboards White WnxlL
Children's Red and White Worsted
Socks Saddle Cloths German Cologne-Cap
Combs German Silver Ta
ble, Tea and Salt Spoons and Iutter
Knives Hair Cloth Seating, Ify ;(j
and 22 inch, etc. etc.
Honolulu, March 1st, 1811.
2Eo SPHUEEAET & SC&Sfo
Have for Sale, which they offer on
reasonable terms :.
0 Doz. Port Wine
'25 " Sherry do.
10 " S. M. do.
20 " Claret do.
10 " Raspberry do.
5 44 Sarsaparilla Syrup
10 " Lemon Syrup
5 " Assorted do.
5 " Stoughton's Elixir
25 Boxes Assorted Teas
Also Just received'
3 Lady's Splendid Riding Saddles,
50 Patent Leather Head Stalls.
April 24. tf.
PEIRCE & BREWER
Honolulu, Island of Oahn,
HAVE Constantly on liand and for
sale on liberal terms, Merchandise impor
ted from the United States, England,
Chili, and China, and adapted to the
trade of the
They offer to purchase the productions
of the Sandwich Islands, and of Califor
nia ; and Bills of Exchange on England.
France, Russia and the United States.
100 Bbls. Salt
20 M. Koa Shingles
100 Ohia Rafters
by B. PITMAN & SOX.
April 24, 1841.
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