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SONNETS ON THE DISCOVERY OF BOTANY BAY BY CAPTAIN COOK: 2, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: There were but two, and we were forty! Yet
Last Line: With faithful blood, as pure as any ever shed.
Subject(s): Botany Bay, Australia; Cook, James (1728-1779)


The Second Attempt, Opposed by Two of the Natives


"There were but two, and we were forty! Yet,"
The Captain wrote, "that dauntless couple throve,
And faced our wildering faces; and I said
'Lie to awhile!' I did not choose to let
A strife go on of little worth to us.
And so unequal! But the dying tread
Of flying kinsmen moved them not: for wet
With surf and wild with streaks of white and black
The pair remained." -- O stout Caractacus!
'Twas thus you stood when Caesar's legions strove
To beat their few, fantastic foemen back --
Your patriots with their savage stripes of red!
To drench the stormy cliff and moaning cove
With faithful blood, as pure as any ever shed.







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