Herman Melville: “The Pacific” from “Moby Dick”

Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” (1851) is a literary classic. Melville drew on his experiences at sea [1839 – 1844], including his voyage to the Pacific aboard the whaler Acushnet, to write this epic story.

Here is an excerpt from “Moby Dick; or The Whale” :

from Chapter 111: The Pacific.

“When gliding by the Bashee isles we emerged at last upon the great South Sea; were it not for other things, I could have greeted my dear Pacific with uncounted thanks, for now the long supplication of my youth was answered; that serene ocean rolled eastwards from me a thousand leagues of blue.

There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath; like those fabled undulations of the Ephesian sod over the buried Evangelist St. John. And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters’ Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.”

Project Gutenberg EBook 2701:
“Moby Dick; or The Whale” , by Herman Melville [1819-1891]
Rights: Public domain in the USA.
Works by this author published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

Herman Melville:  (1819 –1891)  : American novelist, short story writer, and poet.

Fiction, Allegories, Epic literature, Sea stories, Whaling


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Herman Melville's studio where he wrote "Moby Dick". 
Arrowhead, The Berkshires, MA 
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