You shall live in peace, and spin your delicate threads into a mantle for the stern King; and I will weave golden threads amid the gray, that when folded over his cold heart gentle thoughts may enter in and make it their home.
Then the stern, cold thoughts came back again, and he harshly bid her follow him.
Jane found that by running back and forth between the bow and stern
she could alternately raise and lower each end of the boat as she shifted her weight from one end to the other, with the result that each time she leaped to the stern
the canoe moved a few inches farther into the river.
At another signal from Van Horn the rowers backed water and forced the boat, stern in, up to the solid ground of the runway.
Came the sound of paddles, and, next, emerging into the lantern's area of light, the high, black bow of a war canoe, curved like a gondola, inlaid with silvery-glistening mother-of-pearl; the long lean length of the canoe which was without outrigger; the shining eyes and the black-shining bodies of the stark blacks who knelt in the bottom and paddled; Ishikola, the old chief, squatting amidships and not paddling, an unlighted, empty-bowled, short-stemmed clay pipe upside-down between his toothless gums; and, in the stern, as coxswain, the dandy, all nakedness of blackness, all whiteness of decoration, save for the pig's tail in one ear and the scarlet hibiscus that still flamed over the other ear.
But his pleasantries were cut short by the whale's next attack-- another smash at the stern
that carried away the rudder and destroyed the steering gear.
Closer and closer we came, and I, lying down forward, was just reaching out to grasp the skiff, when it ducked under the great stern of the Lancashire Queen.
And again, just as I was reaching for the skiff, it ducked under the ship's stern and out of danger.
The launch with a dull thud ran up upon the mud-bank, with her bow in the air and her stern
flush with the water.
Straight aft he held, to the poop and along the poop to the stern
There do I laugh at my stern
guest, and am still fond of him; because he cleareth my house of flies, and quieteth many little noises.
Nancy,"--Miss Polly's voice was very stern
now--"when I'm talking to you, I wish you to stop your work and listen to what I have to say.
The smile was faint, scarcely perceptible, and in spite of the smile the stern
expression of the eyes was unchanged.
The tide, which had turned an hour before, was running down, and his eyes watched every little race and eddy in its broad sweep, as the boat made slight head-way against it, or drove stern
foremost before it, according as he directed his daughter by a movement of his head.
It was all one; they crowded after us, and endeavoured to come under our stern
, so as to board us on our quarter; upon which, seeing they were resolute for mischief, and depended upon the strength that followed them, I ordered to bring the ship to, so that they lay upon our broadside; when immediately we fired five guns at them, one of which had been levelled so true as to carry away the stern
of the hindermost boat, and we then forced them to take down their sail, and to run all to the head of the boat, to keep her from sinking; so she lay by, and had enough of it; but seeing the foremost boat crowd on after us, we made ready to fire at her in particular.