QUINQUIREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.
Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.
Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke-stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.
Monroe, Harriet; Henderson, Alice Corbin, eds. The New Poetry: An Anthology
. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917; Bartleby.com, 2002. https://www.bartleby.com/265/212/html
1. (Historical Terms) an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
2. (Nautical Terms) an ancient Roman galley with five banks of oars on each side
[C16: from Latin quinquerēmis, from quinque- + rēmus oar]
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(Placename) the ancient capital of Assyria, on the River Tigris opposite the present-day city of Mosul (N Iraq): at its height in the 8th and 7th centuries bc; destroyed in 612 bc by the Medes and BabyloniansCollins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition
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