A description of the scenery of the lakes in the north of England

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Longman, 1823 - 144 páginas

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Página 15 - Of mountain torrents ; or the visible scene Would enter unawares into his mind With all its solemn imagery, its rocks, Its woods, and that uncertain heaven, received Into the bosom of the steady lake.
Página 26 - There sometimes doth a leaping fish Send through the tarn a lonely cheer; The crags repeat the raven's croak, In symphony austere ; Thither the rainbow comes — the cloud — • And mists that spread the flying shroud ; And sunbeams ; and the sounding blast, That, if it could, would hurry past; But that enormous barrier binds it fast.
Página 57 - Commonwealth; the members of which existed in the midst of a powerful empire like an ideal society or an organized community, whose constitution had been imposed and regulated by the mountains which protected it. Neither high-born nobleman, knight, nor esquire was here; but many of these humble sons of the hills .had a consciousness that the land, which they walked over and tilled, had for more than five hundred years been possessed by men of their name and blood...
Página 47 - ... valley or over the mountains to the most commodious town. They had, as I have said, their rural chapel, and of course their minister, in clothing or in manner of life, in no respect differing from themselves, except on the Sabbath-day ; this was the sole distinguished individual among them ; every thing else, person and possession, exhibited a perfect equality, a community of shepherds and agriculturists, proprietors, for the most part, of the lands which they occupied and cultivated.
Página 39 - Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn The power of years — pre-eminent, and placed Apart, to overlook the circle vast — Speak, Giant-mother ! tell it to the Morn While she dispels the cumbrous shades of Night ; Let the Moon hear, emerging from a cloud...
Página 113 - Ash-course lay yet in view; and, side by side with Eskdale, we now saw the sister Vale of Donnerdale terminated by the Duddon Sands. But the majesty of the mountains below, and close to us, is not to be conceived. We now beheld the whole mass of Great Gavel from its base, — the Den of Wastdale at our feet — a gulf immeasurable : Grasmire and the other mountains of Crummock — Ennerdale and its mountains ; and the Sea beyond...
Página 52 - ... often supported by some tree near the door ; a cluster of embowering sycamores for summer shade ; with a tall fir, through which the -winds sing when other trees are leafless ; the little rill or household spout murmuring in all seasons ; — combine these incidents and images together, and you have the representative idea of a mountain-cottage in this country so beautifully formed in itself, and so richly adorned by the hand of Nature.
Página 83 - Whom mere despite of heart could so far please And love of havoc (for with such disease Fame taxes him) that he could send forth word To level with the dust a noble horde, A brotherhood of venerable trees, Leaving an ancient dome, and towers like these...
Página 24 - Grasmere, is the most beautiful example. It has a margin of green firm meadows, of rocks, and rocky woods, a few reeds here, a little company of water-lilies there, with beds of gravel or stone beyond ; a tiny stream issuing neither briskly nor sluggishly out of it; but its feeding rills, from the shortness of their course, so small as to be scarcely visible. Five or six cottages are reflected in its peaceful bosom ; rocky and barren steeps rise up above the hanging enclosures ; and the solemn Pikes...
Página 87 - England, testify that they deem the district a sort of national property, in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy.

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