A Life of John Davis, the Navigator, 1550-1605: Discoverer of Davis Straits

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Dodd, Mead & Company, 1889 - 301 pages

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Page 99 - Adde hereunto, that though we searched the coast diligently, euen vnto the 48. deg. yet found we not the land, to trend so much as one point in any place towards the East, but rather running on continually Northwest, as if it went directly to meet with Asia...
Page 67 - He not only described and mapped the extensive tract explored by himself, but he clearly pointed out the work cut out for his successors. He lighted Hudson into his strait. He lighted Baffin into his bay.
Page 35 - The irksome noise of the ice and the loathsome view of the shore bred strange conceits among us.' Shelley's lines, From the most gloomy glens Of Greenland's sunless clime, ARCTIC VEGETATION 61 though applicable to certain localities in the winter, do scant justice to Greenland in summer. It is a land with many advantages: there are no letters, no telegrams, and no public telephones — the chief...
Page 157 - It is not possible," he said, " that any man can be a skilful seaman but by painful and diligent practice with the assistance of arte, whereby the famous pilot may be esteemed worthy of his profession, as a member meete for the common weale.
Page 10 - ... he is not worthy to live at all, who, for fear or danger of death, shunneth his country's service, or his own honour — since death is inevitable and the fame of virtue immortal.
Page 124 - Generall caused mee first to enter into this action, whereby I have not onely heaped upon my head this bitter calamity now present, but also have in some sort procured the dislike of my best...
Page 247 - But as he was about the same, he received a shot from the castle into his belly, wherewith he gave three leaps, and died immediately".
Page 125 - ... this life : so shall we in leaving this life live with our glorious Redeemer, or abiding in this life find favour with God. And now (good Master), forasmuch as you have been in this voyage once before with your master the General, satisfy the company of such truths as are to you best known ; and you the rest of the General's men, which likewise have been with him in his first voyage, if you hear anything contrary to the truth, spare not to reprove it, I pray you. And so I beseech the Lord to...
Page 10 - ... yet at that time recovered. And giving forth signs of joy, the general, sitting abaft with a book in his hand, cried out unto us in the Hind as often as we did approach within hearing, ' Courage, brothers ! Remember we are as near to heaven by sea as by land.
Page 55 - West from me, neither was there any yse towards the North, but a great sea, free, large, very salt and blue and of an unsearchable depth.

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