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(without typos) from the publisher. 1832. Excerpt: ... THE PIRATE.
CHAPTER I. The storm had ceased its wintry roar, Hoarse dash the
billows of the sea; But who on Thule's desert shore, Cries, Have I
burnt my harp for thee ? Macniel. That long, narrow, and irregular
island, usually called the mainland of Zetland, because it is by
far the largest of that Archipelago, terminates, as is well known
to the mariners who navigate the stormy seas which surround the
Thule of the ancients, in a cliff of immense height, entitled
Sumburgh-Head, which presents its bare scalp and naked sides to the
weight of a tremendous surge, forming the extreme point of the isle
to the south-east. This lofty promontory is constantly exposed to
the current of a strong and furious tide, which, setting in betwixt
the Orkney and Zetland Islands, and running with force only
inferior to that of the Pentland Frith, takes its name from the
headland we have mentioned, and is called the Roost of Sumburgh;
roost being the phrase assigned in those isles to currents of this
description. On the land side, the promontory is covered with short
grass, and slopes steeply down to a little isthmus, upon which the
sea has encroached in creeks, which, advancing from either side of
the island, gradually work their way forward, and seem as if in a
short time they would form a junction, and altogether insulate
Sumburgh-Head, when what is now si cape, will become a lonely
mountain islet, severed from the mainland, of which it is at
present the terminating extremity. Man, however, had in former days
considered this as a remote or unlikely event; for a Norwegian
chief of other times, or, as other accounts said, and as the name
of Jarlshof seemed to imply, an ancient Earl of the Orkneys had
selected this neck of land as the place for establishing a
mansion-house. It has been long entirely dese...
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