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Curiosities of Travel - Or, Glimpses of Nature -, Volume 1
Charles Armar Wilkins
No preview available - 2010
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Alps animal appearance arrived ascent avalanches bath beautiful boat cataract cavalry Chinese Chinigchinich clouds cold crevices deep descend Devil's Bridge dinner face fall fell Finsteraarhorn fire foot forest four gave glacier Goat Island Grindelwald half hand Hanea head heard heavens height horses hundred feet Indians Interlachen island Jungfrau lake land laudanum Lauterbrunnen leaving length light looked Manua Marquesas Islands Martigny masses miles Mont Blanc morning mountain mules natives night o'clock party pass peaks pilgrims POINT PEARCE precipice reached ridge rise river roar rock rope rose Rosenlaui round savage scarcely scene seal seemed seen sextant shore shot side slope smoke snow soon Spokane House spot steer stood stream sublimity summit Tahiti thunder tion told took torrent travellers trees turned valley vast village walk Wetterhorn whole wild wind wounded yards
Page 52 - And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD : and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
Page 186 - Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro, And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress, And cheeks all pale, which but an hour ago Blushed at the praise of their own loveliness: And there were sudden partings, such as press The life from out young hearts; and choking sighs, Which ne'er might be repeated...
Page 181 - We rode on until we came almost immediately below the main peak, which I denominated the Snow Peak, as it exhibited more snow to the eye than any of the neighboring summits.
Page 182 - I had worn a pair of thick moccasins, with soles of parfleche ; but here I put on a light thin pair, which I had brought for the purpose, as now the use of our toes became necessary to a further advance. I availed myself of a sort of comb of the mountain, which stood against the wall like a buttress, and which the wind and the solar radiation, joined to the steepness of the smooth rock, had kept almost entirely free from snow. Up this I made my way rapidly. Our cautious method of advancing...
Page 185 - Having now made what observations our means afforded, we proceeded to descend. We had accomplished an object of laudable ambition, and beyond the strict order of our instructions. We had climbed the loftiest peak of the Rocky mountains, and looked down upon the snow a thousand feet below, and, standing where never human foot had stood before, felt the exultation of first explorers.
Page 43 - And roll for ever : who can satiate sight In such a scene ? in such an ocean wide Of deep astonishment? where depth, height, breadth, Are lost in their extremes ; and where, to count The thick-sown glories in this field of fire, Perhaps a seraph's computation fails.
Page 284 - Ye toppling crags of ice ! Ye avalanches, whom a breath draws down In mountainous o'erwhelming, come and crush me ! I hear ye momently above, beneath, Crash with a frequent conflict ; but ye pass, And only fall on things that still would live ; On the young flourishing forest, or the hut And hamlet of the harmless villager.
Page 284 - The mists boil up around the glaciers ; clouds Rise curling fast beneath me, white and sulphury, Like foam from the roused ocean of deep Hell, Whose every wave breaks on a living shore Heap'd with the damn'd like pebbles.
Page 278 - The torrent is in shape curving over the rock, like the tail of a white horse streaming in the wind, such as it might be conceived would be that of the ' pale horse ' on which Death is mounted in the Apocalypse.
Page 172 - Even to our great height, the roar of the cataracts came up ; and we could see them leaping down in lines of snowy foam. From this scene of busy waters, we turned abruptly into the stillness of a forest, where we rode among the open bolls of the pines over a lawn of verdant grass, having strikingly the air of cultivated grounds. This led us, after a time, among masses of rock, which had no vegetable earth but in hollows and crevices, though still the pine forest continued.