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  • O wild and dismal night storm, with wind—O belching and desperate!
  • …in their boats under shelter of high banks, Some of the younger men dance to the sound of the banjo or fiddle, others sit on the gunwale smoking and talking; Late in the afternoon the mocking-bird, the American mimic, singing in the Great Dismal Swamp, There are the greenish waters, the resinous odor, the plenteous moss, the cypress-tree, and the juniper-tree; Northward, young men of Mannahatta, the target company from an excursion returning home at evening, the musket-muzzles all bear…

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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
as in: a dismal performance Define
of terrible quality
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