VOYAGE TO VIRGINIA IN
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:
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
in the steerage
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"
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.
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
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.
Yet all that I had ever suffered gathered together might
1Marginal comment: "Swelling sea set forth in a swelling style."
(I,i): "Though every drop of water gape at
The word "glut" is not' used elsewhere by