And still it neared
: As if it dodged a water-sprite, It plunged and tacked and veered.
The place seemed silent and deserted, so he took the opportunity of concealing himself near
the spot whence he had seen Oolanga trying to investigate whatever was concealed behind the iron door.
On the following day, the ship having drifted near
the land, anchored in fourteen fathoms water, to the northward of the long peninsula or promontory which forms the north side of the entrance, and is called Cape Disappointment.
The other, on the side of Aethiopia, though much larger, is more dangerous, by reason of the shallows, which make it necessary for a ship, though of no great burthen, to pass very near
the island, where the channel is deeper and less embarrassed.
Neither is this at all to be wondered at, because nature, in that country, observing the same proportion through all her operations, a hailstone is near
eighteen hundred times as large as one in Europe; which I can assert upon experience, having been so curious as to weigh and measure them.
We remained at Weybridge until midday, and at that hour we found ourselves at the place near
Shepperton Lock where the Wey and Thames join.
We had lived thus near
three months, when the company beginning to wear away at the Bath, he talked of going away, and fain he would have me to go to London with him.
The next morning I sent my servant to his lordship with a small present of tea, and two pieces of China damask, and four little wedges of Japan gold, which did not all weigh above six ounces or thereabouts, but were far short of the value of his sables, which, when I came to England, I found worth near
two hundred pounds.
One day as he rode along on horseback, near
Kirklees Abbey, he was seized with so violent a rush of blood to the head that he reeled and came near
falling from his saddle.
"I will go back to my capital, which I am glad to find is so near
But he ceased to think it a joke when his wife shortly afterwards gave birth to a boy, who screamed lustily till he was put quite close to the fire, and who nearly yelled himself into a fit if the Snow-daughter came anywhere near
You can see this for yourself if you compare Surrey's poetry with Layamon's or Langland's, and then with some of the blank verse near
the end of this book.