"Vayne man," sayd she, "that doest in vaine assay,
A mortall thing so to immortalize,
For I my selve shall lyke to this decay,
And eek1 my name bee wipèd out lykewize."
"Not so," quod2 I, "let baser things devize3
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens wryte your glorious name.
Where whenas death shall all the world subdew,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.
1 also; 2 said; 3 attempt.
I was immediately handled and tossed up to see if I were sound by some of the crew;
and I was now persuaded that I had gotten into a world of bad spirits, and that they were
going to kill me. Their complexions too differing so much from ours, their long hair, and the
language they spoke, (which was very different from any I had ever heard) united to
confirm me in this belief. Indeed such were the horrors of my views and fears at the
moment, that if ten thousand worlds had been my own, I would have freely parted with
them all to have exchanged my condition with that of the meanest slave in my own country.
When I looked round the ship too and saw a large furnace of copper boiling, and a
multitude of black people of every description chained together, every one of their
countenances expressing dejection and sorrow, I no longer doubted of my fate; and, quite
overpowered with horror and anguish, I fell motionless on the deck and fainted.
Our life is short, and our days run
As fast away as does the sun;
And, as a vapor or a drop of rain,
Once lost, can ne'er be found again,
So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade,
All love, all liking, all delight
Lies drowned with us in endless night.
To Nobody, then, will I write my journal! since to Nobody can I be wholly
unreserved—to Nobody can I reveal every thought, every wish of my heart, with the most
unlimited confidence, the most unremitting sincerity to the end of my life! For what chance,
what accident can end my connections with Nobody? No secret can I conceal from No—
body, & to No—body can I be ever unreserved. Disagreement cannot stop our affection,
time itself has no power to end our friendship. From Nobody I have nothing to fear, the
secrets sacred to friendship, Nobody will not reveal, when the affair is doubtful, Nobody
will not look towards the side least favorable--.
"Fairest of mortals, thou distinguished care
Of thousand bright inhabitants of air!
If e'er one vision touched they infant thought,
Of all the nurse and all the rpiest have taught,
Of airy elves by moonlight shadows seen,
The silver token, and the circled green,
Or virgins visited by angel powers,
With golden crowns and wreaths of heavenly flowers,
Hear and believe! thy own importance know,
Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.
Some secret truths from learned pride concealed,
To maids alone and children are revealed:
What though no credit doubting wits may give?
The fair and innocent shall still believe."