Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 3

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 3

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Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 3

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations - Vol. 3

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At sea. January 2, 1833.

Sailed from Boston for Malta, December 25, 1832, in Brig Jasper, Captain Ellis, 236 tons, laden with logwood, mahogany, tobacco, sugar, coffee, beeswax, cheese, etc. a long storm from the second morn of our departure consigned all the five passengers to the irremedial chagrins of the stateroom, to wit, nausea, darkness, unrest, uncleanness, harpy appetite and harpy feeding, the ugly “sound of water in mine ears,” anticipations of going to the bottom, and the treasures of the memory. I remembered up nearly the whole of Lycidas, clause by clause, here a verse and there a word, as Isis in the fable the broken body of Osiris.

Out occasionally crawled we from our several holes, but hope and fair weather would not; so there was nothing for it but to wriggle again into the crooks of the transom. Then it seemed strange that the first man who came to sea did not . . .

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