GU LLIVER'S VOYAGETO LILLIPUT.T was during my voyage from the South Seas to the EastIndies that we were driven by a violent storm to the north-west of Van Diemen's Land, and wrecked on a rock. Whatbecame of my companions I cannot tell, but I suppose they wereall lost. I swam as strongly as I could, and just when I wasalmost gone, I found myself within my depth, and I was able towalk to the shore. I arrived about eight o'clock in the evening,but could not discern any signs of inhabitants; and being verytired, I lay down on the short grass and fell asleep. I slept fornine hours, and sounder than I ever had done in my life. WhenI wakened it was daylight, and I at once prepared to get up; butto my astonishment I found my arms and legs had been stronglyfastened to the ground, as well as my long thick hair, while manyslender cords were passed across my body. I was lying on myback, and therefore I could only look upwards to the sun, whichsoon became very painful to my eyes. I heard a confused noise,but could see nothing; but presently I. felt something moving upmy left leg, then over my breast, and almost up to my chin. Bybending my eyes downwards I saw it was a human creature notsix inches high, a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver athis back, forty more of the same kind following him. When theyhad ventured as far as to get a full sight of my face, he lifted up:: The Baldwin Library I-'F. lrtyf
GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.his hands and eyes by way of admiration, and cried out, in ashrill but distinct voice, " Hekinah degul,"-the others repeatingthe same words several times.Struggling to get loose, I broke the strings and wrenched outthe pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; whereupon therewas a great shrill shout, and in an instant I felt about a hundredarrows discharged on my left hand, which pricked me like so manyneedles. They then fired another volley into the air, some fallingon my face, causing great pain; so I thought the most prudentthing to do was to be still till night, when I could easily freemyself, my left hand being already loose. When the people sawI was quiet they fired no more arrows; and then began a knock-ing over against my right ear like people at work, when, by turningmy head that way as welf as I could, I saw that they were erectinga stage about a foot and a half from the ground, large enough tohold four of the inhabitants. When they had mounted up by help"of the ladders, one of them, who seem,ed to be a person of quality,ordered the strings to be cut that fastened the left side of myhead; which gave me liberty to turn to the right, so that I couldobserve him while he made his long speech. He appeared to beof middle age, and taller than the other three who attended him. Iunderstood, by his manner, while he spoke he used threats, showedsymptoms of pity, and gave promises of kindness, to all of which Ianswered in a most submissive manner, lifting up my left hand andmy eyes to the sun as calling him for a witness. Being very hungry,I put my finger to my mouth to signify that I required food, and Iwas glad to find the Hurgo or great lord understood me very well.S ::He descended from the stage, gave his orders, when about a^ in ^ .. '/ 1 " :' : .. "~ ": '' .'. < ', ;' :; ^ f si
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GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TOCLILLIPUT.hundred of the inhabitants mounted and walked towards my mouthladen with baskets of food, containing shoulders and legs of meatshaped like those of mutton, but smaller than the wings of a lark.These I ate by two or three at a mouthful, with three loaves at atime, being about the size of musket-bullets. They were filled withwonder and astonishment at my great appetite, and shouted for joyand danced upon my breast after I had drunk up the contents oftwo of their largest hogsheads. When my appetite was appeased,there appeared a person of high rank from his Imperial Majestywith a message that I was to be conveyed as a prisoner to thecapital city, but that I should be treated kindly. I then fell asleep,and slept for about eight hours.Five hundred carpenters and engineers had been set to work toprepare the greatest vehicle they had. It was a frame of wood raisedthree inches from the ground, about seven feet long and four wide,moving on twenty-two wheels, and drawn by fifteen hundred of theEmperor's largest horses, each about four inches and a half high.The great difficulty was to raise and place me on this vehicle. Eightypoles, each one foot high, were erected for this purpose, and by thehelp of cords about the thickness of pack-thread fastened to hooks inthe bandages Ithe workmen rolled round me, I was drawn up by ninehundred of the strongest men by these cords passed through pulleysin the poles. In three hours this was done, and I was flung into thevehicle and there tied fast. All this they did to me while I sleptprofoundly. We made a long march and rested at night, with fivehundred guards on each side of me, half with torches and half withbows and arrows, ready to shoot me if I should offer to stir. Thedistance to the city was one mile, and by rising at sunrise we contrived
GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.to reach within two hundred yards of the city gates about noon. TheEmperor and all his court then came out to meet us; but though hewished to do it, the great officers of state would not allow his Majestyto endanger his person by mounting on my body.The largest building in, the whole kingdom was an ancient templenow unused, and before this the vehicle on which I lay was drawnup. Here I was made fast by fourscore and eleven chains-like thosehanging to a lady's watch in Europe-fastened to the temple, andlocked to my ankles with six and thirty padlocks. Being now secure,they cut all the strings that bound me; and when I rose up andwalked backwards and forwards as far as my chains would permit, itis impossible to find words to express the astonishment of the people.The great gate.of the temple was about four feet high and two broad,.and I was able to lie down at my full length in it if it so pleased me.Standing on my feet I looked about me, and found the fields resembledbeds of flowers, and the tallest trees appeared to be about seven feethigh. I must confess I never beheld a more entertaining prospect.The Emperor and his court had been viewing me from a turret atleast five feet high, over against the temple. He now descended andadvanced towards me on horseback, but the beast reared at sight ofme. Thanks to the Emperor's good horsemanship, he managed tokeep his seat till the attendants ran in and held the bridle.He is taller, by almost the breadth of my nail, than any of his sub-jects, which was enough to strike an awe into the hearts of his people.His features are strong and masculine, his deportment majestic, andall his motions graceful. His complexion is olive, his countenanceerect, his body and limbs well proportioned, his nose arched, and hislip Ausrian. For the better convenience of beholding him I lay oni, '.:; **''y / ". ;, '; i~i* 1 1'1 : ;: :'.*^ " 1 ,.
SLLI VER'S VOYAG E TO L ILLIPUT.my/side, so tht my face was parallel to his; a d he stood but threeya rds off; however, I have had him many fime in my hand since, andtherefore ca te- wrong in the descriptio. His dress was veryplain and simple, but he-had on his head aight helmet of gold, set:with jewels, and adorned with a plume and rest. He held his swordin his hand, to defend himself. if need It\was about three inches86ng, the hilt and scabbard of gold en ic ed Pith diamonds. HisIvoice was shrill, but very clear and distifct, ladies and courtiersJ were all most magnificently clad, sthth the spt thyVtoo-- seemedto resemble a petticoat spread on the ground e brdidered with figuresof gold and silver. His Supreme Majesty spOke loften to me, and 'Ireturned answers; but neither of us could understand a syllable.Several of his priests and lawyers then spoke to me, but though Ireplied in as many languages as I had tl4 least smattering of, it wasall to no purpose. After about two hour's the court retired, and I, isleft with a strong guard to keep off the fabble, who nowcrowwded"roundme as near .as they durst. The newv of my arrival br6ught largenumbers of rich, idle, and curious people tp see me, sothat the villagewere almost empty. .I was -a source of great concern to the Emperor and his0court.They did not know what to do wi t e F ey were afrad I1 wouldbreak loose,-that my appetite mig Ic use A famine; jit when theythought they had better stone o sfrot nre, they/ emembered howdifficult it would be to bury su ca huu carcass, Hearing from theofficers of my guard that I wag very good--atured, and had treatedsome impertinent fellows kindy, an perial commission was sent outobliging all the villages nine hunded yards round the city to deliverin every, morning, six beeves, fort0 /sheep, and other victuals, for my
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GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.support, with so much bread and wine, and other liquors. Sixhundred persons were set apart to be my servants; three hundredtailors were employed to make me a suit after the fashion of thecountry; and six of His Majesty's greatest scholars were employedto instruct me in their language. The Emperor's horses, as well asthose of the nobility and troops of the guards, were exercised in mysight to accustom themselves to me; and in three weeks' time I hadmade great progess in learning their language, so that I was able toconverse with the Emperor quite freely.One day he desired'-that I would not be displeased if he gaveorders to search me, for that no doubt I might carry about severalweapons, which must be dangerous things. I agreed to this, sayingI was ready to strip myself and turn out my pockets before him. Hereplied that, by the laws of the country, I must be searched by two ofhis officers, but he could trust these persons in my hands. I thentook up the two officers and put them first into my coat pockets, and theninto every other pocket about me, except my two fobs, in one of whichthere was a silver watch, and in the other a small quantity of gold in apurse. The gentlemen, having pen, ink, and paper about them, madean exact inventory of all the articles they found, and then desiring to"be set down, they delivered it to the Emperor. In the left pocketthey came upon my snuff-box, and being unable to lift it, I took it out.They then desired me to open it, which I did, when they both steppedinto it; and the snuff flying up into their faces, set them sneezingseveral times. I need not say how very much surprised they were atall the articles, more especially a comb, which they described "as asort of engine, from the back of which were extended twenty longpoles," with which " they supposed the man-mountain combs his head."
GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.When the inventory was read over to the Emperor, he directed me todeliver up my scimitar, and next one of the hollow iron pillars, bywhich he meant my pocket-pistols; and charging it with powder, at hisdesire I fired it into the air, to the great astonishment of all. Hundredsfell down as if they had been struck dead, and even the Emperor got afright. I then delivered up the other pistol, with my pouch of powderand bullets, asking them to be very careful with the powder, as itwould kindle with the slightest spark and blow up his imperial palaceinto the air. I likewise gave over to two of the tallest yeomen of theguard my watch, which they bore on a pole upon their shoulders. Ithen gave up my silver and copper money, my purse containing somegold pieces, my knife and razor, my comb and silver snuff-box, myhandkerchief and journal-book.My gentleness and good behaviour had gained so far on Em-peror and court, and indeed on every one, that I began to think Ishould gain my liberty in a short time. I did all I could to pleasethem. I would sometimes lie down and let five or six dance on myhand. I would even let the boys and girls play at hide-and-seek inmy hair; and when the Emperor entertained me with several of thecountry's shows, I contrived to do my part by stretching my pocket-handkerchief tightly on to several poles till it was as tight as a drum,and when it was ready I asked the Emperor to allow a troop oftwenty-four of his best horse to exercise, on this plain; and sodelighted was he that he ordered this entertainment to be repeatedseveral days. He even one day asked me to lift him up, gave theword of command himself, and after an amount of persuasion got theEmpress herself to allow me to hold her in her close chair within two
GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.yards of the stage, from whence she was able to take a full view ofthe whole performance.I should like to have told of their astonishment when my hat wasfound floating in the sea, which appeared in their sight as high as aman, and of my delight when I got it back, as well as many curiousfacts. One funny notion the Emperor took I may mention: heordered his troops to march under my outstretched legs, the footsoldiers twenty-four abreast and the horse by sixteen, with drumsbeating, colors flying, and pikes advanced. The body consisted ofthree thousand foot and a thousand horse.Though they loaded me with marks of kindness, I greatly desiredmy liberty, and petitioned many times for it. At last it was grantedon certain conditions-namely, that I should serve the Emperor andhelp his subjects in various ways drawn up in the articles. Thesewere read over to me, and I was ordered to swear to the performanceof them. This I did with cheerfulness and content, although somewere not so agreeable as I could have wished; but this proceededwholly from Skyresh Bolgolam, the high admiral, who, for some reasonunknown to me, was my mortal enemy. My chains were thenunlocked, and I was at full liberty, the Emperor doing me thehonor to appear in person during the whole ceremony. After manykind words he said he hoped I should prove a useful servant, and welldeserve all the favors he had already conferred on me, one of thesebeing a grant of meat sufficient for the support of one thousand sevenhundred and forty-four Lilliputians. To all this I made due acknow-ledgment, prostrating myself on the ground. I was then permitted topay a visit to the metropolis, which I did by stepping over the wallsand walking sideways through the main streets, while all the inhabitants
GULLIVER CAPTURING THE FLEET.
GULL-IVER'3 VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.kept indoors in case I should crush them, but crowded the windowsand roofs to see me. I was also invited to view the palace, but as thegate was too low, to allow me to pass through, I made two stools outof two of the-tallest trees in the palace grounds, and with their help Iwas enabled to step into the court-yard, and by lying down on my sideI could look into the open windows. There I saw the Empress andthe young princes; the former, smiling very graciously upon me, gaveme her hand to kiss out of the window.One morning there came to my house a messenger from theEmperor, and 'standing on my hand he told me we were threatenedby a quarrel at home and an invasion from abroad. The quarrel athome was something about wearing high or low heels, and cutting offthe narrow end of eggs instead of the broad. As I was the subject ofanother country, I refused to mix myself up with this quarrel, but sentmy respects to the Emperor, and let him know that I was ready,with the hazard of my life, to defend his person and state against theforeign enemy, who was coming against him with a great fleet. ThisI was enabled to do by what they were pleased to consider an extra-ordinary stratagem-namely, that I caused several of their largestcables to be handed over to me, as well as some bars of iron, andwading off with them to the harbor of the enemy, I fastened thechains securely to fifty of their largest ships, and drew them after mein spite of the arrows that were fired at me, many of them taking effectin my face and causing much pain. I was fortunate in taking them allsafe to the royal port of Lilliput, where I, was created a nardac uponthe spot, which is the highest honor among them. This made theEmperor ambitious to spoil his enemy completely, and make slaves ofthem. I therefore was requested to bring the whole of the enemy's
GULLIVER'S VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.ships into port; but this I stoutly refused to do, whereupon the Em-peror could never forgive me, and he and some of his nobles werequite set against me. I however was able to render many valuableservices to the Emperor-great in their eyes', though of no accountin mine.I had lived happy and contented for more than nine months anda half with them, and would no doubt have stayed longer; but hearingthere was a design to accuse me of high treason, and that articles weredrawn up against me, and an agreement come to to put out both myeyes, as well as to slowly starve me to death, I therefore made myescape to Blefuscu, and had a reception suitable to the generosity of sogreat a prince. Three days after my arrival there, while walking alongthe coast, I observed a large object floating in the sea. I waded in,and imagine my delight to find a real boat turned upside down. Bythe help of twenty of the largest vessels kindly lent me by the King, aswell as two thousand men with ropes and engines, I made shift to turnthe boat up, and found it was but little damaged. I received materialsto fit it up, together with liberty to depart. In the meantime theEmperor of Lilliput sent for me to return, but his ambassador wasinformed I had found a prodigious vessel, able to carry me to sea, thatI was now storing it, preparing for a start immediately. The vesselwas carefully searched to see if no one had stowed themselves away.I then set sail on the 25th day of April, 1701, and arrived in theDowns, after a prosperous voyage, on the 13th April, 1702.
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