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REPRINTED PIECES. THE LONG VOYAGE. When the wind is blowing and the
sleet or rain is driving against the dark windows, I love to sit by
the fire, thinking of what I have read in books of voyage and
travel. Such books have had a strong fascination for my mind from
my earliest childhood; and I wonder it should have come to pass
that I never have been round the world, never have been
shipwrecked, ice-environed, tomahawked, or eaten. Sitting on my
ruddy hearth in the twilight of New Year's Eve, I find incidents of
travel rise around me from all tho latitudes and longitudes of the
globe. They observe no order or sequence, but appear and vanish as
they will?" come bike shadows, so depart." Columbus, alone upon the
sea with his disaffected crew, looks over the waste of waters from
his high station on the poop of his ship, and sees the first
uncertain glimmer of the light, " rising and falling with the
waves, like a torch in the bark of some fisherman," which is the
shining star of a new world. Bruce is caged in Abyssinia,
surrounded by the gory horrors which shall often startle him out of
his sleep at home when years have passed away. Franklin, come to
the end of his unhappy overland journey? would that it had been his
last!?lies perishing of hunger with his brave companions: each
emaciated figure stretched upon its miserable bed without the power
to rise: all, dividing the weary days between their prayers, their
remembrances of the dear ones at home, and conversation on the
pleasures of eating; the last-named topic being ever present to
them, likewise, in their dreams. All the African travellers,
wayworn, solitary and sad, submit themselves again to drunken,
murderous, man-selling despots, of the lowest order of humanity;
and Mungo Park, fainting under a tree and succoured by a...
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