Strachey - A True Reportory

Strachey - A True Reportory - 6 A VOYAGE TO VIRGINIA IN...

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6 A VOYAGE TO VIRGINIA IN 1609 For four-and-twenty hours the storm in a restless tumult had blown so exceedingly as we could not appre- hend in our imaginations any possibility of greater violence; yet did we still find it not only more terrible but more constant, fury added to fury, and one storm urging a second more outrageous than the former, whether it so wrought upon our fears or indeed met with new forces. Sometimes strikes [? shrieks] in our ship amongst women and passengers not used to such hurly and discomforts made us look one upon the other with troubled hearts and panting bosoms, our clamors drowned in the winds and the winds in thunder. Pray- ers might well be in the heart and lips but drowned in the outcries of the officers: 4 nothing heard that could give comfort, nothing seen that might encourage hope. It is impossible for me, had I the voice of Stentor and expression of as many tongues as his throat of voices, to express the outcries and miseries, not languishing but wasting his spirits, and art constant to his own principles but not prevailing. Our sails wound up lay without their use, and if at any time we bore but a hullock,5 or half forecourse, to guide her before the sea, six and sometimes eight men were not enough to hold the whipstaff 6 in the steerage 4Compare Th~ TfflIp~st (I,i): "(Cry Within) A plague upon this howling! They are louder than the weather or our office." 6Scrap of sail. 6The lever by which the ship was steered; the lower end connected with the tiller and controlled the rudder of the ship. "A TRUE REP,ORTORY" 7 and the tiller below in the gunner room: by which may be imagined the strength of the storm, in which the sea swelled above the clouds and gave battle unto Heaven. 1 It could not be said to rain: the waters like whole rivers did flood in the air. And this I did still observe: that whereas upon the land when a storm hath poured itself forth once in drifts of rain, the wind, as beaten down and vanquished therewith, not long after endureth; here the glut of water (as if throttling the wind erewhile) was no sooner a little emptied and qualified but instantly the winds (as having gotten their mouths now free and at liberty) spake more loud and grew more tumultuous and malignant. 8 What shall I say? Winds and seas were as mad as fury and rage could make them. For my own part, I had been in soine storms before, as well upon the coast of Barbary and Algiers, in the Levant, and once, more distressful, in the Adriatic gulf in a bottom of Candy,9 so as I may well say: Ego' quid sit ater H adriae novi sinus, et quid albus peccet Iapyx. 10 Yet all that I had ever suffered gathered together might 1Marginal comment: "Swelling sea set forth in a swelling style." 8S e e Th~ T~mp~st (I,i): "Though every drop of water gape at widest to glut him." The word "glut" is not' used elsewhere by Shakespeare.
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ANTH 318 taught by Professor Oertling during the Spring '09 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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