- skip - Brewer’s

Benbow (Admiral)

,

in an engagement with the French near St. Martha, on the Spanish coast, in 1701, had his legs and thighs shivered into splinters by a chain-shot, but, supported in a wooden frame, he remained on the quarter-deck till morning, when Du Casse bore away. Almeyʹda, the Portuguese governor of India, in his engagement with the united fleet of Cambayʹa and Egypt, had his legs and thighs shattered in a similar manner; but, instead of retreating, had himself bound to the ship’s mast, where he “waved his sword to cheer on the combatants,” till he died from loss of blood. (See CynÆgeros, Jaafer, etc.)

“Whirled by the cannon’s rage, in shivers torn,

His thighs far shattered oʹer the waves are borne;

Bound to the mast the god-like hero stands,

Waves his proud sword and cheers his woeful bands;

Though winds and seas their wonted aid deny,

To yield he knows not, but he knows to die.”


Camoens: Lusiad, book x.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Belvawney (Miss)
Belvedere [bel-ve-dear]
Belvidera (in Otway’s Venice Preserved)
Bemuse
Ben
Ben (a theatrical word)
Ben Jochanan
Ben trovato (Italian)
Benaiah
Benares
Benbow (Admiral)
Benbow
Bench
Bench
Bench and Bar
Benchers
Bend
Bend Sinister
Bendemeer
Bender
Bendigo

Linking here:

Cynægiros