Galley-slave

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Galley-slave one condemned for crime to work like a slave at the oar of a galley
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Quotations

  • St. Francis De Sales
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    “There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. galie—Low L. galea.

Usage

In literature:

He had resolved that under no pressure would he marry the daughter of O'Hara, the galley-slave.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
And next came the question of what was to be done with the galley-slaves and the galley.
"The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer" by Harry Collingwood
They've been working like galley- slaves aboard there all day, and have stripped her to her lower-masts.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
Talk of galley slaves!
"On Board the Esmeralda" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The galley-slaves who were captured amounted in number to forty-seven.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
She really thought, then, that a galley-slave was a man of his word?
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Nothing of course could equal the torment of the galley-slaves, but the wretchedness of the shore-slaves was bad enough.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
I had worked like a galley-slave for nine months, and the nine months of a man of the world is worth the nine years of a boy.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
He cursed them with the vigor of a master of galley slaves when the bateau was frothing along the deadwater.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
They were sent prisoners to Manila, where a few were pardoned, others were executed, and the majority became galley-slaves.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
On the day after it, one of the soldiers and one of the galley-slaves died.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
The rescued galley-slave warmly expressed his thanks to Deane for having preserved his life.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Frenchmen sent the heretics to the galleys; and it was as a galley slave in one of their vessels that Knox next saw his native shores.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Pretty fair, but I haven't been working like galley slaves as some of you have.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
We are told that they were worked by oars, and we read that so many galley-slaves were killed.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not for the sake of the pittance that will procure for him his daily bread, but because he is forced to the toil like any galley slave.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
He had escaped; he had been caught; he had been dragged back like a runaway galley slave to the oar.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
And was it not the life of a galley-slave chained to the oar?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
The view from the leads of the fort (under which the galley-slaves are confined) is fine indeed!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
I was a galley slave on board yonder vessel.
"In the Days of Drake" by J. S. Fletcher
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In poetry:

Kings, from Indus, and Araxes,
Ister, and the Boreal axes,
Horsed his chariot to the waves,
Then embarked, his galley-slaves.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I envy him the rugged prance
By which his freezing feet he warms,
And drag my lady's chains and dance,
The galley-slave of dreary forms.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
I am thy slave then; let me know,
Hard master! the great task I have to do:
Who pride and scorn do undergo.
In tempests and rough seas thy galleys row;
They pant, and groan, and sigh; but find
Their sighs increase the angry wind.
"The Thraldom" by Abraham Cowley
My master and the neighbours all
Make game of me and Sally, And, but for her, I'd better be
A slave and row a galley; But when my seven long years are out,
O, then I'll marry Sally; O, then we'll wed, and then we'll bed—
But not in our alley!
"Sally In Our Alley" by Henry Carey
Nor where upon the Tiber floats Aglae in galley gay,
'Neath Asian tent of brilliant stripes, in gorgeous array;
Nor when to lutes and tambourines the wealthy prefect flings
A score of slaves, their fetters wreathed, to feed grim, greedy
things.
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave ' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave ,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: 'Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a 'galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin lives like a 'galley slave' with jets, yachts, limos, report says.
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