The Voyages and Works of John Davis, the Navigator, Issue 1; Issue 59

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Hakluyt Society, 1880

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Page 303 - For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
Page 161 - On the same Saturday, in the night, was seen St. Elmo, with seven lighted tapers, at the topmast : there was much rain and great thunder ; I mean to say, that those lights were seen, which mariners affirm to be the body of St. Elmo, on beholding which they chant litanies and orisons, holding it for certain, that in the tempest in which he appears, no one is in danger.
Page 157 - There was a fresh breeze, and every part of the surface, which during the day is seen as foam, now glowed with a pale light The vessel drove before her bows two billows of liquid phosphorus, and in her wake she was followed by a milky train. As far as the eye reached, the crest of every wave was bright, and the sky above the horizon, from the reflected glare of these livid flames, was not so utterly obscure as over the vault of the heavens.
Page 202 - Northerly, the land being very high and full of mightie mountaines all covered with snow, no viewe of wood, grasse or earth to be seene, and the shore two leagues off into the sea so full of yce as that no shipping could by any meanes come neere the same. The lothsome view of the shore, and irksome noyse of the yce was such, as that it bred strange conceites among us...
Page xviii - ... among us, so that we supposed the place to be wast and voyd of any sensible or vegitable creatures, whereupon I called the same Desolation...
Page xcii - Shakspere; but what is so remarkable is, that upon our 'new map' "there should have appeared to rise, like a little cloud out of the sea, "like a man's hand, the then unknown continent of Australia.
Page 204 - ... others whatsoeuer out of his owne purse, when some of the company haue bin slacke in giuing in their aduenture. And also knowing that I should lose the fauour of master Secretory, if I should shrinke from his direction, in one small barke of thirty tonnes, whereof master Sanderson was owner, alone without farther comfort or company I proceeded on my voyage...
Page 157 - I have already remarked that the phenomenon is very much more common in warm than in cold countries; and I have sometimes imagined that a disturbed electrical condition of the atmosphere was most favourable to its production. Certainly I think the sea is most luminous after a few days of more calm weather than ordinary, during which time it has swarmed with various animals.
Page 203 - August, and not knowing the length of this straight and dangers thereof, we tooke it our best course to retourne with notice of our good successe for this small time of search.
Page 205 - ... presently departed for England, without regard of their promise, my selfe not distrusting any such hard measure proceeded...

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