The Press, a Poem, in Two Parts, with Other Pieces. By John MCreery. 2nd ed. London: William Pickering, 1828. 153.
THE PAPER NAUTILUS.
Slow steals the tide on Indias scented shore,
The winnowing breezes skim the surface oer;
From ocean-depths, where many a wonder lies,
Playful and proud, the living navies rise;
Pressd from the beauteous shell th obtrusive brine,
The light bark floats--its tinted furrows shine;
The filmy sails their tender powers display,
Impelld--it glides along the liquid way;
Its oary arms the yielding waves divide,
And swifter now it skims the peaceful tide;
Whilst two fine tendrils, for the helm designd,
Steer the gay vessel as they shoot behind.
And thus the NAUTILUS will gaily sail
Oer the smooth brine, when zephyr breathes the gale.