Page:A Bayard from Bengal.djvu/23

This page has been validated.


A BAYARD FROM BENGAL

CHAPTER I

FROM CALCUTTA TO CAMBRIDGE OVERSEA ROUTE

 
At sea the stoutest stomach jerks,
Far, far away from native soil,
When Ocean's heaving waterworks
Burst out in Brobdingnagian boil!

Stanza written at Sea, by H. B. J. (unpublished).

THE waves of Neptune erected their seething and angry crests to incredible altitudes; overhead in fuliginous storm-clouds the thunder rumbled its terrific bellows, and from time to time the ghastly flare of lightning illuminated the entire neighbourhood. The tempest howled like a lost dog through the cordage of the good ship Rohilkund (Captain O. Williams), which lurched through the vasty deep as though overtaken by the drop too much.

A