The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 84
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84 CRY OF DISTRESS IN GALVESTON.
A REAL TRAGEDY AT GALVESTON.
Perhaps it is a safe conclusion that the tragedy poetry as set
for us on the Lincolnshire stage had found expression in real life
along the Texas coasts. The old Lincolnshire woman's plaintive
narrative has never seemed unreal, because it is filled with the
spirit of a homely life, but just now it seems like a voice from out
the past telling us of the tragedy now at our doors. The poem is
a very long one, but a few selections from its narration of the widespread
desolation of the country will picture much of the gulf coast
of Texas at this time. The cry of the housewife for the cattle dies
out in the evening stillness and then the old dame sees the flood:
And lo, along the river's bed
A mighty eygre reared his crest,
And up the river raging sped.
It swept with thunderous noises loudShaped
like a curling, snow-white cloud,
Or like a demon in a shroud.
And rearing Lindus, backward pressed,
Shook all her trembling banks amain,
Then madly at the eygre's breast
Flung uppe her weltering walls again,
Then bankes came down with ruin and rout,
Then beaten foam flew round about,
Then all the mighty floods were out.
So farre, so fast the eygre drave
The heart had hardly time to beat
Before a shallow seething wave
Sobbed in the grasses at our feet;
The feet had hardly time to flee
Before it brake against the kneeAnd
all the world was in the sea.
That flow strewed wrecks about the grass,
That ebbe swept out the flocks to sea-
Here’s what’s next.
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Lester, Paul. The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/103/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .