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Pearl of Pearl Island   By: (1852-1941)

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PEARL OF PEARL ISLAND

BY JOHN OXENHAM

HODDER AND STOUGHTON PUBLISHERS LONDON 1908

TO MY WIFE

CONTENTS

PART THE FIRST PEARL PART THE SECOND LOST PEARL PART THE THIRD PEARL ISLAND PART THE FOURTH PEARL OF PEARL ISLAND PART THE FIFTH PEARL IN A RING PART THE SIXTH SMALLER PEARLS

PEARL OF THE PEARL OF THE SILVER SEA!

PEARL Iridescent! Pearl of the sea!

Shimmering, glimmering Pearl of the sea! White in the sun flecked silver sea, White in the moon decked silver sea, White in the wrath of the silver sea, Pearl of the Silver Sea! Lapped in the smile of the Silver Sea, Ringed in the foam of the Silver Sea, Glamoured in mists of the Silver Sea, Pearl of the Silver Sea! Glancing and glimmering under the sun, Jewel and casket all in one, Joy supreme of the sun's day dream, Soft in the gleam of the golden beam, Pearl of the Silver Sea! Splendour of Hope in the rising sun, Glory of Love in the noonday sun, Wonder of Faith in the setting sun, Pearl of the Silver Sea!

Gaunt and grim to the outer world, Jewel and casket all impearled With the kiss of the Silver Sea! With the flying kiss of the Silver Sea, With the long sweet kiss of the Silver Sea, With the rainbow kiss of the Silver Sea,

Pearl of the Silver Sea! And oh the sight, the wonderful sight, When calm and white, in the mystic light, Of her quivering pathway, broad and bright, The Queen of the Night, in silver dight, Sails over the Silver Sea!

Wherever I go, and wherever I be, The joy and the longing are there with me, The gleam And the glamour come back to me, In a mystical rapture there comes to me, The call of the Silver Sea! As needle to pole is my heart to thee, Pearl of the Silver Sea!

Pearl of the Pearl of the Silver Sea! To some you are Margaret, but to me, Always and ever, wherever I be, You are Pearl of the Pearl of the Silver Sea!

J.C.G.

PART THE FIRST

I

NOTE. It would be impossible to depict the Sark of to day without using the names native to the Island. All such names here employed, however, are used without any reference whatever to any actual persons who may happen to bear similar names in Sark. The characters are to be taken as types. The incidents are in many cases fact.

If you want murders, mysteries, or mud pass on! This is a simple, straightforward love story.

"Jock, my lad," said Lady Elspeth softly, nodding her head very many times, in that very knowing way of hers which made her look like a Lord Chief Justice and a Fairy Godmother all in one, "I've found you out."

And when the shrewd old soul of her looked him gently through and through in that fashion, he knew very much better than to attempt any evasion.

"Ah!" he said meekly, "I was afraid someone would, sooner or later. I've been living in constant dread of it. But it's happened before, you know, between you and me. What is it this time, dear Lady Elspeth?"

"Here have I been imputing grace to you for your kindly attentions to a poor old woman whose race is nearly run, and setting you up above the rest of them therefor, and lo, my idol "

"Ah!" he said again, with a reproving wag of the head, for he knew now what was coming, "idols are perverse, camstairy things at best, you know, and a bit out of date too. And, besides," with a touch of remonstrance "at your age and with your bringing up "

"Ay, ay, ye may be as insulting as ye choose, my laddie, and fling my age and my upbringing in my face like a very man "

"There isn't a face like it in all England, and as to "

"I prefer ye to say Britain, as I've told ye before. Your bit England is only a portion of the kingdom, and in very many respects the poorest portion, notably in brains and manners and beauty. But ye cannot draw me off like that, my laddie, whether it's meant for a compliment or no... Continue reading book >>




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