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Short Stories | U of South Carolina P | 1974
Transcription ["The Maroon. A Legend of the Caribbees" was first published as a
serial, in six installments, in the New York Illustrated Magazine
for 1847, though segments of it had appeared in earlier writings by
Simms. It was later included in the collection first entitled Marie
de Berniere (1853) and subsequently retitled The Maroon; A
Legend of the Caribbees, and Other Tales (1855). The present
subtitle is one of the revisions Simms made, probably in 1865, for a
never realized separate edition. Explanatory and Textual Notes
begin on page 704.]
A Romance of the Carib.
"To hear no voices but from off the sea,
To see no aspects but of sun and cloud,
To live and be alone ! such is the doom ! "
phe waters of the Caribbean sea, subject to some of the wildest
vicissitudes that ever sweep the billows of the western hemis-
phere, were never more placid and lovely to the eye than on the
morning of the 26th of August, in the year of grace one thousand
five hundred and thirty-two. The exquisite calm of heaven that
delicious serenity and repose of atmosphere which seem never so
lovely or so perfect as in those latitudes where the capricious winds
may, at any moment, lash themselves and the ocean into immitigable
fury, and where nothing is long secure against their violence
appeared to rest, with the bosom of the halcyon, upon the mighty
deeps of sea. The sky was without a cloud the breeze, soft and spicy
as if borne fresh, on the very instant, from the aromatic islands of
the east, was gentle without languor, and just sufficed to waft along,
under easy sail, the high-pooped Spanish bark that might be seen
to form, as it were, a natural and becoming portion of the vast and
beguiling picture. She alone stood up, careering over the watery
waste, relieving its monotonous levels, and looming out, beyond her
natural size, in comparison with the uniform smoothness of the
waters. A swift and well built vessel of the time, was the "Diana de