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ordinary ships seeming quite like pleasure And around the bows and along the side, yachts by her side—could her full ad The heavy hammers and mallets plied,
Till after many a week, at length, measurement be apprehended. Her length
Wonderful to form, and strength was three hundred and twenty-five feet Sublime in its enormous bulk, quite a long journey from her transom to Loom'd aloft the shadowy hulk !" her bow, and requiring no ordinary human
But when the hour of launching arrived, lungs, even in a calm, to make the voice
the harbor presented a most extraordinary reach from one to the other. The breadth
and sublime spectacle, Boats of every of the ship was fifty-three feet, and the
the description, and steamboats, loaded to depth thirty-nine. She had four masts for
their last capacity, sailed to and fro in the spreading of her mighty wings, and
the vicinity of the stately ship. Wharfs, four decks for the strengthening of her
| bridges, vessels, house-tops-every consides and the covering of her merchandise.
venient spot overlooking in any degree Her mainmast, which was forty-four inches
the object of general interest—were black in diameter, reached at its summit the dis
with spectators :tance of one hundred and thirty-one feet. It is a curious item to record the amount
“All is finish'd! and at length
Has come the bridal day of the principal material entering into her
Of beauty and of strength. construction:
Today the vessel shall be launcha!
With fieccy clouds the sky is blanch'd, “ Timber of chestnut, and elm, and oak,
And o'er the bay And scatter'd here and there, with them,
Slowly, in all his splendors dight, . The knarred and crooked cedar knees,
The great sun rises to behold the sight." Brought from regions far awayFrom Pascagoula's sunny bay,
Quietly among the crowd of workmen and And the banks of the roaring Roanoke !"
of personal friends, moved the presiding Of hard pine, one million five hundred genius of the whole scene-the “master," thousand feet entered into her immense | who had with his own hand prepared mass; two thousand and fifty-six tons of
“ The model of the vessel, white oak; three hundred and thirty-six That should laugh at all disaster, and a half tons of iron ; fifty-six of copper,
And with wave and whirlwind wrestle." exclusive of sheathing. Fifty thousand Some expressed their fears lest the launch days' work were expended upon her hull, should not be successful. “ Did he fear equivalent to the labor of one man for one no accident ?” they asked. “Was he sure hundred and thirty-seven years. Fifteen all was right?" "Could he launch her ?” thousand six hundred and fifty-three yards He might have been pardoned for a little of canvas were used for her sails. Her impatience. “ Launch her !” said he ; " I crew was composed of one hundred men could place her upon the top of Bunker-Hill and thirty boys. This mighty vessel also Monument, if it were necessary to do so." was Mr. M'Kay's sole adventure. Into Never was a launch more successful-30 her immense sides he poured his hardly sublime, so enrapturing. Let Longfellow earned wealth without stint, while all utter it in his noble song :others stood aloof, hesitating at the experiment. No ordinary interest was felt
“ Then the master,
With a gesture of command, on its success. The bulletins issuing from
Waved his hand; time to time from the press were eagerly And at the word, perused, and public curiosity had reached Loud and sudden there was heard, an unusual height before the vessel was
All around them and below,
The sound of haminers, blow on blow, completed. The island portion of the
Knocking away the shores and spurs. city, where it was towering up upon its And see ! she stirs ! stocks, was constantly visited by crowds, She starts,--she moves.-she seems to feel and the well-known courtesy of the builder
The thrill of life along her keel, was tested to its utmost by the constant
And, spurning with her foot the ground,
With one exulting, joyous bound, inquiries of curious visitors :
She leaps into the ocean's arms:
And lo! from the assembled crowd “Day by day the vessel grew,
There rose a shout, prolonged and loud, With timbers fashion'd strong and true.-- That to the ocean seem'd to say, Stemson, and keelson, and sternson-knee, * Take her, O bridegroom, old and gray; Till, framed with perfect symmetry,
Take her to thy protecting arms, A skeleton ship rose up to view !
With all her youth and all her charms !""
It was supposed that this noble ship yet be a powerful competitor with steam would make her first voyage to California; in the carrying business upon the high but her vast capacities were finally filled seas. for Liverpool, and no ordinary national It is grateful to record, what may already pride was felt in view of the impression have been inferred, that in private life, which she would make upon the merchants and as a citizen, our great builder illusand masters of England, when she should trates all the genial and generous traits of reach their ports, under the command of character that belong to, and adorn the her gallant captain, late of The Sovereign true Christian gentleman. Success, then, of the Seas. But this voyage she never to his noble enterprises! And may he sailed. She was ingloriously burned at long live to give wings to a commerce, the wharf in New-York, when chafing which, if sanctified by the gospel, will beupon her fastenings, all ready for the sea. come the evangelizer of the world. In What will be her fate, or future transform- | the present condition of the world, comation, remains yet to be seen. But not a merce, in its great arena of navigation, is “ smell of fire" passed over her builder's among the chief means of civilization and hopes and plans. A large ship, second progress. Such a genius as Mr. M'Kay's only to herself, The Champion of the is of more value to the race than that of Seas, was in the process of construction, the great soldier, or even the great statesand has since been launched and sent to man ; we take pleasure, therefore, in paythe English firm by whom she was or- ing this tribute to his merits. dered—a model and an illustration of American skill. The reputation earned by these ships has brought into Mr.
[For the National Magazine.] M'Kay's hands a vast amount of European orders ; and his yards are now pressed to
SING WITH THE HARP. their utmost power to execute them. He
BY J. G. LYONS. has himself planned, and is rapidly con
MINSTREL! my spirit is sorely dejected; structing, a new line of packet-ships, to
Take down thy harp from its place on the run between Boston and different Euro
wall ; pean ports. The vessels will be of the Long has it slumber'd untuned and neglected, first class; and we can readily imagine
Long has its voice been unheard in the hall :
Tyrants have triumph'd, and all have conhow popular a line, both for passengers
sented; and freight this must be, prepared at this Orphans are wrong'd, and the spoiler is glad; hour of the maturest experience of the Just men have perish'd, and none have labuilder, combining every advantage that mented : human invention has secured to the ma
Marvel not thou that my bosom is sad. rine art; elegant in accommodations, fleet
Teach thou the sorrowing chords to awaken as the wind, and as strong as timber, iron, Thoughts of the dead, who for ages have and copper can render them. During the
slept ; past ten years, a fleet of ships, some forty | Martyrs that shrank not though scorn'd and
forsaken ; or more, any one of which would be a |
Bards whom the people have honor'd and reputation for a man, has been issuing from
wept: the yards of Mr. M'Kay--all of them Harp thou of heroes, the valiant, the chainmarked with the genius of their builder, less, and defending his fame in every succes
Bleeding for rights which the weak have be
tray'd ; sive trip.
Sing thou of goodness, the lowly, the stainless, It is an interesting fact, that not one of Burning her incense unseen in the shade. his ships has ever put into a port in distress, or cost the underwriters a dollar for When thou hast told of the lost and the dying, repairs, in consequence of any defect in
Bid thou thy strain of lamenting to cease ;
Sing thou of Him, on whose promise relying, its construction.
Guilt may have pardon, despair may have In the prime of his manhood, with an
peace : abundant capital, a rich experience, and Sound thou of worlds where the seraph is the spur of extraordinary previous success, sweeping
Harpstrings unworn by the war-notes of men; it is a safe prophecy that, if his life is
Lands of delight, where no mourner is weepspared, wonderful advances will yet be se
ing; cured in the naval art, and the wind will / So shall my spirit be tranquil again.
LUTHER CARRIED OFF BÌ HIS FRIENDS ON HIS RETURN, While all is indignation and rage at
Worms, that the daring offender should NEITHER Spaniard nor Roman was have been allowed to escape, the time is
IV to lay hand on the teacher of the gone by, and he soars invisibly over his German nation, so strong in the faith ; enemies from the heights of the castle of German fidelity and noble princely care Wartburg. Happy and safe in his dunhad prepared for him a secret asylum. geon, he can return to his flute, sing his
“ But because Luther had been out German psalms, translate his Bible, and lawed by the emperor, and excommuni- thunder at the devil and the pope quite cated by the pope, God inspired the wise at his ease. “ The report gains ground,” Elector of Saxony to give orders, through writes Luther, " that I have been made confidential and trustworthy persons, to prisoner by friends sent from Franconia ;" take prisoner for a time the outlawed and and, at another time, “I fancy it was supexcommunicated Luther, as the pious ser- posed that Luther had been killed, or convant of God, Obadiah, the teacher of demned to utter silence, in order that the King Ahab, kept one hundred priests for public mind might relapse under that soa time concealed in a cavern, and fed them, phistical tyranny which I am so hated for while the Queen Jezebel sought their life. having begun to undermine." However, Our doctor consented to this step at the Luther took care to let it be known that anxious desire of good people.”—Mathe- he was still alive. He writes to Spalatin : sius.
| “I should not be sorry if this letter were
lost by some adroit neglect on your part, I proceed alone, Luther's younger brother and should fall into our enemies' hands. ... having fled, alarmed at sight of the apThe priests and monks who played off proaching horsemen. their pranks while I was at large, have become so alarmed since I have been a LUTHER BEGINS HIS TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE AT prisoner, that they begin to soften the preposterous tales they have propagated about | The heroic monk has suddenly vanished me. They can no longer bear up against from the busy market-places of the world ; the pressure of the increasing crowd, and we find him in the quiet chamber of a yet see no avenue by which to escape. Thuringian castle disguised as Master See you not the arm of the Almighty of George, absorbed in the study of that Jacob in all that he works, while we are volume which, since the dark days of silent and rest in patience and in prayer! Erfurt, had become the shining star of Is not the saying of Moses herein verified, his life. This book was now to speak in Vos tacebitis, et Dominus pugnabit pro the German tongue to German hearts; vobis, • The Lord shall fight for you, and such was Luther's resolution, and his ye shall hold your peace ?'
labor in his Patmos. Captain Berlepsch and Burkard Hund, "While our doctor was kept quite Lord of Altenstein, with their servants, secretly at Wartburg, he was not idle, but stopped Luther's carriage in a hollow way pursued dayly his studies and his prayers, near the castle of Altenstein, in the direc- and devoted himself to the Greek and tion of Waltershausen, and carried him Hebrew Bibles, and wrote many consolaoff. His companion, Amsdorf, had to tory letters to his friends.”—Mathesius.