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Some hoisted out the boats, and there was one That begged Pedrillo for an absolution Who told him to be damn'd,--in his confusion.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto II, st. 44)

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Each man makes his own shipwreck. [Lat., Naufragium sibi quisque facit.]

Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan) Quotes , Source: Pharsalia (I, 499)

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Every drunken skipper trusts to Providence. But one of the ways of Providence with drunken skippers is to run them on the rocks.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes , Source: Heartbreak House (at III)

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He wrongly accuses Neptune, who makes shipwreck a second time. [Lat., Inprobe Neptunum accusat, qui iterum naufragium facit.]

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Sententiae (l. 264)

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Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell-- Then shriek'd the timid, and stood still the brave,-- Then some leap'd overboard with fearful yell, As eager to anticipate their grave.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto II, st. 52)

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Again she plunges! hark! a second shock Bilges the splitting vessel on the rock; Down on the vale of death, with dismal cries, The fated victims shuddering cast their eyes In wild despair; while yet another stroke With strong convulsion rends the solid oak: Ah Heaven!--behold her crashing ribs divide! She loosens, parts, and spreads in ruin o'er the tide.

William Falconer Quotes , Source: Shipwreck (canto III, l. 642)

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And fast through the midnight dark and drear, Through the whistling sleet and snow, Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept Towards the reef of Norman's Woe.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Wreck of the Hesperus (st. 15)

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Through the black night and driving rain A ship is struggling, all in vain, To live upon the stormy main;-- Miserere Domine!

Adelaide Anne Procter Quotes , Source: The Storm

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But hark! what shriek of death comes in the gale, And in the distant ray what glimmering sail Bends to the storm?--Now sinks the note of fear! Ah! wretched mariners!--no more shall day Unclose his cheering eye to light ye on your way!

Mrs. Ann Ward Radcliffe Quotes , Source: Mysteries of Udolpho--Shipwreck

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In few, they hurried us aboard a bark, Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepared A rotten carcass of a butt, not rigged, Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats Instinctively have quit it.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at I, ii)

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O, I have suffered With those that I saw suffer! a brave vessel (Who had no doubt some noble creature in her) Dashed all to pieces! O, the cry did knock Against my very heart! Poor souls, they perished!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tempest (Miranda at I, ii)

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Here and there they are seen swimming in the vast flood. [Lat., Apparent rari nantes in gurgite vasto.]

Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil) Quotes , Source: The Aeneid (I, 118)

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Or shipwrecked, kindles on the coast False fires, that others may be lost.

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: To the Lady Fleming

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