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I llept well, and as I conje&ture at least fix particular account of this voyage, which hours, for I found the day broke in two was very prosperous for the moft part. hours after I awaked. it was a clear We arrived in the Downs on the 13th of night. I eat my breakfast before the sun April 1702. I had only one misfortune, was up; and heaving anchor, the wind that the rats on board carried away one being favourable, I steered the same course of my sheep; I found her bones in a hole, that I had done the day before, wherein I picked clean from the fielh. The rest of was directed by my pocket-compass. My my cattle I got safe athore, and set them intention was to reach, if possible, one of a-grazing in a bowling-green at Greenthofe islands which I had reason to believe wich, where the fineness of the grass made lay to the north-east of Van Diemen's them feed very heartily, though I had al. land. I discovered nothing all that day; ways feared the contrary: neither could I but upon the next, about three in the af- possibly have preserved them in so long a ternoon, when I had by my computation voyage, if the captain had not allowed me made twenty-four leagues from Blefuscu, fome of his best biscuit, which rubbed to I descried a sail steering to the south-east; powder, and mingled with water, was their my course was due eart, I hailed her, but constant food. The short time I continued could get no answer; yet I found I gained in England, I made a considerable profit upon her, for the wind flackened. I made by shewing my cattle to many persons of all the fail I could, and in half an hour lhe quality, and others: and before I began spied me, then hung out her ancient, and my second voyage, I fold them for six hundischarged a gun. It is not easy to ex- dred pounds. Since my last return I find press the joy I was in upon the unexpected the breed is considerably increased, espehope of once more seeing my beloved cially the sheep, which I hope will prove country, and the dear pledges I left in it. much to the advantage of the woollen maThe thip flackened her fails, and I came nufacture by the fineness of the feeces. up with her between five and fix in the I stayed but two months with my wife evening, September 26; but my heart and family; for my insatiable desire of leapt within me to see her English colours. seeing foreign countries would suffer me I put my cows and sheep into my coat to continue no longer. I left fifteen honpockets, and got on board with all my dred pounds with my wife, and fixed her little
cargo of provisions. The vessel was in a good house at Redriff. My remainan English merchant- man returning from ing stock I carried with me, part in money Japan by the north and south-seas ; the and part in goods, in hopes to improve captain Mr. John Biddle, of Deptford, a my fortunes.My eldest uncle John had very civil man, and an excellent sailor. left me an eitate in land, near Epping, of We were now in the latitude of 30 de- about thirty pounds a-year; and I had a grees fouth, there were about fifty men in long lease of the Black-Bull in Fetterthe ship; and here I met an old comrade Lane, which yielded me as much more; of mine, one Peter Williams, who gave me so that I was not in any danger of leaving a good character to the captain. This my family upon the parish. My fon gemileman treated me with kindness, and Johnny, named fo after his uncle, was at desired I would let him know what place the grammar-school, and a towardly child. I came from last, and whither I was bound; My daughter Betty (who is now well marwhich I did in few words, but he thought ried, and has children) was then at her I was raving, and that the dangers I had needle-work. I took leave of my wife, underwent had disturbed my head; where- and boy and girl, with tears on both sides, upon I took my black cattle and sheep out and went on board the Adventure, a merof my pocket, which, after great astonish- chant- ship of three hundred tons, bound ment, clearly convinced him of my vera for Surat, captain John Nicholas of Liver. city: I then shewed him the gold given pool commander. But my account of this me by the emperor of Blefufcu, together voyage must be deferred to the second with his majeity's picture at full length, part of my travels.
Suifi. and some other rarities of that country: I gave him two purses of two hundred $ 149. A Voyage to Brobdingnag. jörugs each, and promised, when we arrived in England, to make him a present
CH A P. I. of a cow and a sheep big with young.
A great form described, the long-beat jont I shall not trouble the reader with a 10 fetch water, the author goes with it ta
discover tht country. He is left on fbore,
He is left on foore, hawled off upon the lanniard of the whipis frized by one of the natives, and carried staff, and helped the man at the helm. to a farmer's house. His reception, with We would not get down our top-mast, but severol accidents that happened there. A let all stand, because the scudded before description of the inbabitants.
the sea very well, and we knew that, the
top-mast being aloft, the fhip was the Having been condemned by nature and wholesomer, and made better way through fortune to an active and restless life, in the sea, seeing we had sea-room. When two months after my return I again left the storm was over, we set fore-fail and my native country, and took tipping in main-fail, and brought the ship to. Then the Downs on the 20th day of June 1702, we fet the mizen, main-top-fail, and the in the Adventure, captain John Nicholas, fore-top-fail. Our course was east-northa Cornisk man, commander, bound for eaft, the wind was at fouth-west. We got Surat. We had a very prosperous gale the starboard tacks aboard, we cast off our till we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, weather-braces and lifts; we set in the where we landed for fresh water, but dif- lee-braces, and hawled forward by the covering a leak, we unthipped our goods, weather-bowlings, and hawled them tight, and wintered there; for the captain fall- and belayed them, and hawled over the ing sick of an ague, we could not leave mizen-tack to windward, and kept her full the cape till the end of March. We then and by as near as the would lie. fet fail, and had a good voyage till we During this storm, which was followed passed the Streights of Madagascar; but by a strong wind west-south-west, we were having got northward of that island, and carried by my computation about five hunto about five degrecs south latitude, the dred leagues to the east, so that the oldest winds, which in those seas are observed to failor on board could not tell in what part blow a constant equal gale between the of the world we were. Our provisions held north and welt, from the beginning of De- out well, our ship was staunch, and our cember to the beginning of May, on the crew all in good health; but we lay in 19th of April began to blow with much the utmost distress for water. We thought greater violence, and more westerly than it best to hold on the same course, rather ulual, continuing so for twenty days toge- than turn more northerly, which might ther, during which time we were driven a have broaght us to the north-west parts of little to the cast of the Molucca islands, Great Tartary, and into the frozen sea. and about three degrees northward of the
On the 16th day of June 1703, a boy line, as our captain found by an observa on the top-malt discovered land. On the tion he took the second of May, at which 17th we came in full view of a great time the wind ceased, and it was a perfect illand or continent (for we knew not whecalm, whereat I was not a little rejoiced. ther) on the south side whereof was a small But he, being a man well experienced in neck of land jutting out into the sea, and the navigation of those seas, bid us all pre a creek too shallow to hold a ship of above pare against a itorm, which accordingly one hundred tons. We cast anchor within happened the day following: for a souther a league of this creek, and our captain wind, called the southern monsoon, began sent a dozen of his men well armed in the to set in.
long-boat, with vessels for water, if any Finding it was like to overblow, we could be found. I desired his leave to go took in our sprit-sail, and stood by to hand with them, that I might see the country, the fore-fail; but, making foul weather, we and make what discoveries I could. When looked the guns were all fast, and handed we came to land, we faw no river or spring, the mizen. The ship lay very broad off, nor any sign of inhabitants. 1o we thought it better spooning before the therefore wandered on the shore to find sea, than trying or hulling: We reeft the out some fresh water near the sea, and I fore-fail and let him, and hawled aft the walked alone about a mile on the other fore-lheet; the helm was hard a-weather. side, where I observed the country all The thip wore bravely. We belayed the barren and rocky. I now began to be fore down-hawl; but the fail was split, and weary, and seeing nothing to entertain we hawled down the yard, and got the fail my curiosity, I returned gently down tointo the ship, and unbound all the things wards the creek; and the fea being full in clear of it. It was a very fierce storm; my view, I saw our men already got into the sea broke strange and dangerous. We the boat, and rowing for life to the thip.
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I was going to halloo after them, although some words he spoke, they went to reap it had been to little purpose, when I ob- the corn in the field where I lay. I kept served a huge creature walking after them from them at as great a distance as I in the sea, as fast as he could: he waded could, but was forced to move with exnot much deeper than his knees, and took treme difficulty, for the stalks of the corn prodigious ftrides: but our men had the were soinetimes not above a foot diftant, start of him half a league, and the sea fo that I could hardly squeeze my body thereabouts being full of iharp-pointed betwixt them. However I made a shift to rocks, the moniter was not able to over go forward, till I came to a part of the take the boat. This I was afterwards field where the corn had been laid by the told, for I durit not itay to see the issue of rain and wind. Here it was impollible for the adventure; but ran as fast as I could me to advance a step; for the fialks were the way I first went, and then climbed up so interwoven that I could not creep a steep hill, which give me some prospect thorough, and the beards of the fallen ears of the country. I found it fully cultivated; so strong and pointed, that they pierced but that which first surprised me was the through my clothes into my flesh. At the length of the grass, which, in thole same time I heard the reapers not above grounds that seemed to be kept for hay, an hundred yards behind me. Being quite was about twenty feet high.
dispirited with toil, and wholly overcome I fell into a high road, for fo I took it by grief and despair, I lay down between to be, though it jusved to the inhabitants two ridges, and heartily wished I might only as a foot-path through a held of bar- there end my days, I bemoaned my deley. Here I walked on for some time, folate widow, and fatherless children. I but could see little on either side, it being lamented my own folly and wilfulness in now near harvest, and the corn riling at attempting a second voyage, against the leait forty feet. I was an hour walking advice of all my friends and relations, to the end of this field, which was fenced in this terrible agitation of mind I could in with a hedge of at least one hundred not forbear thinking of Lilliput, whose inand twenty feet high, and the trees so habitants looked upon me as the greatest lofty that I could make no computation prodigy that ever appeared in the world: of their altitude. There was a stile to where I was able to draw an imperial fleet pass from this field into the next. It had in my hand, and perform those other ac. four steps, and a stone to cross over when tions which will be recorded for ever in you came to the uppermost
. It was im- the chronicles of that empire, while poste. poflible for me to climb this file, because rity shall hardly believe them, although every ftep was six feet high, and the upper attested by millions. I reflected what a fone above twenty. I was endeavouring mortification it must prove to me to apto find some gap in the hedge, when I disa pear as inconsiderable in this nation, as covered one of the inhabitants in the next one single Lilliputian would be among us. field advancing towards the file, of the But this I conceived was to be the leaft of fame size with hiin whom I saw in the sea my misfortunes : for, as human creatures pursuing our boat. He appeared as tall as are observed to be more favage and cruel an ordinary spire steeple, and took about in proportion to their bulk, what could I ten yards at every firide, as near as I expect but to be a morsel in the mouth of could guess. I was struck with the utmost the first among these enormous barbarians, fear and astonithment, and ran to hide that should happen to seize me? Urmyself in the corn, from whence I saw doubtedly philosophers are in the right him at the top of the itiic looking back when they tell us, that nothing is great er into the next field on the right hand, and little otherwise than by comparison. It heard him call in a voice many degrees might have pleased fortune to have let louder than a speaking-trumpet; but the the Lilliputians find some nation, where noise was so high in the air, that at first I the people were as diminutive with respect certainly thought it was thunder. Where to them, as they were to me. And who upon seven monsters, like himself, came knows but that even this prodigious race towards him with reaping-hooks in their of mortals might be equally over-matched hands, each hook about the largeness of in some diftant part of the world, whereof fix fcythes. These people were not so we have yet no discovery? well clad as the first, whose servants or · Scared and confounded as I was, I could labourers they seemed to be: for, upon not forbear going on with these refiec.
tions, when one of the reapers, approach- master, who was a substantial farmer, and ing within ten yards of the ridge where I the same person I had first seen in the lay, made me apprehend that with the field. next step I should be squashed to death The farmer having (as I suppose by under his foot, or cut in two with his their talk) received such an account of reaping-hook. And therefore when he me as his servant could give him, took a was again about to move, I screamed as piece of a small straw, about the fize of a loud as fear could make me. Whereupon walking-staff, and therewith lifted up
the the huge creature trod short, and looking lappets of my coat; which it seems he round about under him for some time, at lalt thought to be some kind of covering that espied me as I lay on the ground. He nature had given me. He blew my hairs considered me awhile, with the caution of aside to take a better view of my
face, one who endeavours to lay hold on a small He called his hinds about him, and asked dangerous animal in such a manner that it them (as I afterwards learned) whether hall not be able either to scratch or to they had ever seen in the fields any little bite him, as I myself have sometimes dore creature that resembled me: he then placed with a wealel in England. At length he me fofily on the ground upon all four, but ventured to take me up behind by the I got immediately up, and walked fowly middle between his fore-finger and thumb, backwards and forwards to let those people and brought me within three yards of his fee I had no intent to run away. They all eyes, that he might behold my Mape sat down in a circle about me, the better more perfectly. I gueffed his meaning, to observe my motions. I pulled off my and my good fortune gave me so much hat, and made a low bow towards the farpresence of mind, that I resolved not to I fell on my knees, and lifted up itruggle in the least as he held me in the my hands and eyes, and spoke several air above fixty feet from the ground, al- words as loud as I could: I took a purse though he grievously pinched my fides, of gold out of my pocket, and humbly prefor fear I mould flip through his fingers. sented it to him. He received it on the All I ventured was to raise mine eyes to- palm of his hand, then applied it close to wards the sun, and place my hands toge. his eye to see what it was, and afterwards ther in a supplicating posture, and to speak turned it several times with the point of some words in an humble melancholy tone, pin (which he took out of his sleeve) but suitable to the condition I then was in. could make nothing of it. Whereupon I For I apprehended every moment that he made a sign that he should place his hand would dash me against the ground, as we on the ground. I then took the purse, and víually do any little hateful animal, which opening it, poured all the gold into his we have a mind to destroy *. But my palm. There were fix Spanish pieces of good star would have it, that he appeared four pistoles each, besides twenty or thirty pleased with my voice and gestures, and smaller coins. I saw hiin wet the tip of began to look upon me as a curiosity, much his little finger upon his tongue, and take wondering to hear me proncunce articu- up one of my largest pieces, and then anlate words, although he could not under other, but he seemed to be wholly ignorant stand them. In the mean time I was not what they were. He made me a sign to able to forbear groaning and thedding tears, put them again into my purse, and the and turning my head towards my sides; purse again into my pocket, which, after letting him know, as well as I could, how offering it to him several times, I thought cruelly I was hurt by the pressure of his it best to do. thumb and finger. He seemed to appre The farmer by this time was convinced hend my meaning ; for, lifting up the lap- I must be a rational creature. He spoke pet of his coat, he put me gently into it, often to me, but the found of his voice and immediately ran along with me to his pierced my ears like that of a water-mill,
yet his words were articulate enough. I * Our inattention to the felicity of sensitive answered as loud as I could in several lanheings, merely because they are small, is here forcibly reproved: many have wantonly crushed an
guages, and he often laid his car within infect, who would shudder at cutting the throat two yards of me, but all in vain, for we of a dog: but it should always be remembered, were wholly unintelligible to each other. that the least of there
He then sent his servants to their work, " In mortal suferance feels a pang as great
and taking his handkerchief out of his " As when a giant d'es.”
pocket, he doubled and spread it on his
left hand, which he placed flat on the henceforth call him his youngest son, whe ground, with the palm apwards, making fat next him, an arch boy of about ten me a sign to step into it, as I could easily years old, took me up by the legs, and held do, for it was not above a foot in thick- me so high in the air, that I trembled every ness. I thought it my part to obey, and, limb; but his father snatched me from him, for fear of falling, laid myself at full length and at the same time gave him such a box upon the handkerchief, with the remainder on the left ear, as would have felled an of which he lapped me up to the head for European troop of horso to the earth, orfarther security, and in this manner carried dering him to be taken from the table. But me home to his house. There he called being afraid the boy might owe me a spite, his wife, and shewed me to her; but she and well remembering how mischievous all screamed and ran back, as women in Eng- children among us naturally are to sparland do at the sight of a toad or a spider. rows, rabbits, young kittens, and puppyHowever, when ihe had a while seen my dogs, I fell on my knees, and pointing to behaviour, and how well I observed the the boy, made my master to understand, as figns her husband made, she was soon re well as I could, that I desired his son might conciled, and by degrees grew extremely be pardoned. The father complied, and tender of me.
the lad took his seat again ; whereupon I It was about twelve at noon, and a ser went to him and killed his hand, which my vant brought in dinner. It was only one master took, and made him stroke me gently substantial dish of meat (fit for the plain with it. condition of an husbandman) in a dish of In the midst of dinner, my mistress's about foar-and-cwenty feet diameter. The favourite cat leaped into her lap. I heard company were the farmer and his wife, a noise behind me like that of a dozen three children, and an old grandmother: stocking-weavers at work; and, turning when they were sat down, the farmer placed my head, I found it proceeded from the me at foine distance from him on the table, purring of thas animal, who seemed to be which was thirty feet high from the floor. three times larger than an ox, as I com. I was in a terrible fright, and kept as far puted by the view of her head, and one of as I could from the edge for fear of fal- her paws, while her mistrels was feeding ling. The wife minced a bit of meat, and itroking her. The fierceness of this then crumbled some bread on a trencher, creature's countenance altogether discomand placed it before me. I made her a pored me, though I stood at the further end low bow, took out my knife and furk, and of the table, above fifty feet off, and alfell to eat, which gave them exceeding though my mistress held her fast, for fear delight. The mistress fent her maid for she might give a spring, and seize me in a small dram-cup, which held about two her calons. But it happened there was no gallons, and filled it with drink ; I took danger; for the cat took not the least noup the vessel with much difficulty in both tice of me, when my mafter placed me hands, and in a most respectful manner within three yards of her. And as I have drank to her ladyship's health, expressing been always told, and found true by exthe words as loud as I could in Englis, perience in my travels, that flying or diswhich made the company laugh fo heartily, covering fear before a fierce animal is a that I was almost deafened with the noise. certain way to make it pursue or attack This liquor tasted like a small cyder, and you, so I resolved in this dangerous juncwas not unpleasant. Then the master made ture to fhew no manner of concern. I me a sign to come to his trencher-side ; walked with intrepidity five or fix times but as I walked on the table, being in before the very head of the cat, and came great furprize all the time, as the indulgent within half a yard of her; whereupon she reader will easily conceive and excuse, I drew herself back, as if the were more happened to stumble against a crust, and afraid of me. I had less apprehenfion fell fat on my face, but received no hurt. concerning the dogs, whereof three or four I got up immediately, and observing the came into the room, as it is usual in fargood people to be in much concern, I took mers houses; one of which was a mastiff my hat (which I held under my arm out equal in bulk to four elephants, and a greyof good manners) and, waving it over my hound fomewhat taller than the maiti, buc head, made three huzzas to Thew I had not lo large. got no mischief by my fall. But advanc When dinner was almost done, the nurse ing forwards toward my master (as I fall came in with a child of a year old in her