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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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upon Lapland mountains, or how we ever
formed the resolution of undertaking so
enterprising a journey. But, my dear
friend, give yourself no trouble about us.
We have begun our expedition with good
spirits and undiminished courage, and hope
to finish it with equal eclat. Perhaps you
will not believe me when I say that we are
enjoying ourselves in our cabin with our usual
English cheer, disdaining the blustering of
Boreas or the tumult of the waves, with

“One wide ocean all around us,
All above us one black sky.”

There is a variety in a short voyage very
agreeable to a person accustomed to live on
land, provided he can insure himself from
sea-sickness. The unbounded blue horizon,
the sun-beam playing upon the waters, the
floating of the sails, and gay tackling of
the ship, give a brilliancy to the scene that
cannot fail to please. This is the delightful
prospect which the landsman is so apt to
paint. But when the melancholy sailor
takes up the pencil, how different is the
picture which he draws? He delineates
stormy skies and rolling waves, he paints
the overhanging rock and foundered ship,

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