Or of that phantom ship, whose form
Shoots like a meteor through the storm;
When the dark scud comes driving hard,
And lowered is every topsail yard ...
And well the doomed spectators know
`Tis harbinger of wreck and woe.
Sir Walter Scott: Rokeby, ii. 11.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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