Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
their relief. He proposed that one of their number should
die for the safety of the rest. The lot fell to himself, and
without struggle or reluctance, he bared his neck to the
stroke. His flesh, distributed equally among them, ena-
bled them to bear a little longer, until "God of his good-
ness, using his accustomed favor, changed their sorrow
into joy, and shewed unto them a sight of land. Whereof
they were so exceeding glad, that the pleasure caused them
to remain a long time as men without sense ; whereby
they let the pinnace float this way or that way, without
holding any right way or course." In this state they
were picked up by an English vessel, which carried the
few and feeble survivors of this expedition into England.
Thus ended the first effort of the European world to found
a permanent colony upon the continent of North America.