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  Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts CollectionProject Gutenberg Consortia CenterBringing the world's eBook Collection Togetherhttp://www.Gutenberg.usProject Gutenberg Consortia Center is a member of theWorld eBook Library Consortia, http://WorldLibrary.netThe mission of the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centeris to provide a similar framework for the collectionof eBook collections as does Project Gutenberg forsingle eBooks, operating under the practices,and general guidelines of Project Gutenberg.The major additional function of Project GutenbergConsortia Center is to manage the addition of largecollections of eBooks from other eBook creation andcollection centers around the world.For great classic literature visit:Project Gutenberg Consortia Center Bringing the world'seBook Collection Together http://www.Gutenberg.us1851MOBY DICK;OR THE WHALEby Herman MelvilleETYMOLOGYETYMOLOGY(Supplied by a Late Consumptive Usher to a Grammar School)The pale Usher- threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I seehim now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a 1  queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags ofall the known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars;it somehow mildly reminded him of his mortality. While you take in hand to school others, and to teach them bywhat name a whale-fish is to be called in our tongue leaving out,through ignorance, the letter H, which almost alone maketh thesignification of the word, you deliver that which is not true. HACKLUYT WHALE. * * * Sw. and Dan. hval. This animal is named from roundnessor rolling; for in Dan. hvalt is arched or vaulted. WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY WHALE. * * * It is more immediately from the Dut. and Ger.Wallen; A.S. Walw-ian, to roll, to wallow. RICHARDSON'S DICTIONARYKETOS, Greek.CETUS, Latin.WHOEL, Anglo-Saxon.HVALT, Danish.WAL, Dutch.HWAL, Swedish.WHALE, Icelandic.WHALE, English.BALEINE, French.BALLENA, Spanish.PEKEE-NUEE-NUEE, Fegee.PEKEE-NUEE-NUEE, Erromangoan.EXTRACTSEXTRACTS(Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian)It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub-worm ofa poor devil of a Sub-Sub appears to have gone through the long 2  Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth, picking up whatever randomallusions to whales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever,sacred or profane. therefore you must not, in every case at least,take the higgledy-piggledy whale statements, however authentic, inthese extracts, for veritable gospel cetology. Far from it. Astouching the ancient authors generally, as well as the poets hereappearing, these extracts are solely valuable or entertaining, asaffording a glancing bird's eye view of what has been promiscuouslysaid, thought, fancied, and sung of Leviathan, by many nations andgenerations, including our own.So fare thee well, poor devil of a Sub-Sub, whose commentator Iam. Thou belongest to that hopeless, sallow tribe which no wine ofthis world will ever warm; and for whom even Pale Sherry would betoo rosy-strong; but with whom one sometimes loves to sit, and feelpoor-devilish, too; and grow convivial upon tears; and say to thembluntly, with full eyes and empty glasses, and in not altogetherunpleasant sadness- Give it up, Sub-Subs! For by how much more painsye take to please the world, by so much the more shall ye for evergo thankless! Would that I could clear out Hampton Court and theTuileries for ye! But gulp down your tears and hie aloft to theroyal-mast with your hearts; for your friends who have gone before areclearing out the seven-storied heavens, and making refugees of longpampered Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael, against your coming. Here yestrike but splintered hearts together- there, ye shall strikeunsplinterable glasses! And God created great whales. GENESIS. Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him;One would think the deep to be hoary. JOB. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. JONAH. There go the ships; there is that Leviathan whom thou hast madeto play therein. PSALMS. In that day, the Lord with his sore, and great, and strong sword,shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan thatcrooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. ISAIAH And what thing soever besides cometh within the chaos of this 3  monster's mouth, be it beast, boat, or stone, down it goes allincontinently that foul great swallow of his, and perisheth in thebottomless gulf of his paunch. HOLLAND'S PLUTARCH'S MORALS. The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are:among which the Whales and Whirlpooles called Balaene, take up as muchin length as four acres or arpens of land. HOLLAND'S PLINY. Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise agreat many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among theformer, one was of a most monstrous size. * * This came towards us,open-mouthed, raising the waves on all sides, and beating the seabefore him into a foam. TOOKE'S LUCIAN. THE TRUE HISTORY. He visited this country also with a view of catchinghorse-whales, which had bones of very great value for their teeth,of which he brought some to the king. * * * The best whales werecatched in his own country, of which some were forty-eight, some fiftyyards long. He said that he was one of six who had killed sixty in twodays. OTHER OR OCTHER'S VERBAL NARRATIVE TAKEN DOWN FROMHIS MOUTH BY KING ALFRED, A.D. 890. And whereas all the other things, whether beast or vessel, thatenter into the dreadful gulf of this monster's (whale's) mouth, areimmediately lost and swallowed up, the sea-gudgeon retires into itin great security, and there sleeps. MONTAIGNE. - APOLOGY FOR RAIMOND SEBOND. Let us fly, let us fly! Old Nick take me if is not Leviathandescribed by the noble prophet Moses in the life of patient Job. RABELAIS. This whale's liver was two cartloads. STOWE'S ANNALS. The great Leviathan that maketh the seas to seethe like boilingpan. LORD BACON'S VERSION OF THE PSALMS. Touching that monstrous bulk of the whale or ork we have received 4
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