In viking land: Norway: its peoples, its fjords and its fjelds (Google eBook)

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L. C. Page and company, 1908 - Norway - 332 pages
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Page 141 - ... and manifestly has either himself shown or incited others to disobedience to the laws, contempt of religion or morality or the constitutional powers, or resistance to their orders, or has advanced false and defamatory accusations against any other person.
Page 292 - Perhaps in a few years Ibsen's ' Peer Gynt ' will live only through Grieg's music, which, to my taste, has more poetry and artistic intelligence in every number than the whole five-act monstrosity of Ibsen.
Page 108 - Presently it began to waver, bending back and forth, sometimes slowly, sometimes with a quick, springing motion, as if testing its elasticity. Now it took the shape of a bow, now undulated into Hogarth's line of beauty, brightening and fading in its sinuous motion, and finally formed a shepherd's crook, the end of which suddenly began to separate and fall off, as if driven by a strong wind, until the whole belt shot away in long, drifting lines of fiery snow. It then gathered again into a dozen dancing...
Page 293 - Grieg is one of the most original geniuses in the musical world of the present or past. His songs are a mine of melody, surpassed in wealth only by Schubert's, and that only because there are more of Schubert's. In originality of harmony and modulation he has only six equals : Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt. In rhythmic invention and combination he is inexhaustible, and as orchestrator he ranks among the most fascinating.
Page 161 - ... rage, and hurl the waves in white showers of spray against the sky. Great swarms of sea-birds drift like snow over the waters, and circle screaming around the lonely cliffs. The aurora borealis flashes like a huge shining fan over the northern heavens, and the stars glitter with a keen frosty splendor. But in the summer all this is changed, suddenly, as by a miracle. Then the sun shines warmly, even within the polar circle ; innumerable wild flowers sprout forth, the swelling rivers dance singing...
Page 91 - Bjornson is probably correct when he asserts that ' ' no other country possesses so many men in official positions doctors, clergymen, engineers, teachers, and merchants who are peasant-born, often from the tenant and working classes ; and that in no other country have so many eminent poets, artists, men of science, and statesmen risen directly from the peasantry.
Page 107 - ... me. I opened my eyes as I lay in his lap, looked upward, and saw a narrow belt or scarf of silver fire stretching directly across the zenith, with its loose, frayed ends slowly swaying to and fro down the slopes of the sky.
Page 161 - ... extending north and south between the mountain chain Kjolen, which separates it from Sweden and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It looks on the map like a big bag slung across the shoulders of Sweden. It is a wonderful country this land of the Norsemen. The ocean roars along its rock-bound coast, and during the long, dark winter the storms howl and rage, and hurl the waves in white showers of spray against the sky. Great swarms of sea-birds drift like snow over the waters, and circle screaming...
Page 108 - I opened my eyes, ... looked upward, and saw a narrow belt or scarf of silver fire stretching directly across the zenith, with its loose, frayed ends slowly swaying to and fro down the slopes of the sky. Presently it began to waver, bending back and forth, sometimes slowly, sometimes with a quick, springing motion, as if testing its elasticity. Now it took the shape of a bow, now undulated into Hogarth's line of beauty, brightening and fading in its sinuous motion, and finally formed a shepherd's...
Page 171 - How poor this] long and dark structure seems at first sight, and yet how hearty ^and unexpectedly lavish is the hospitality which the simple children of the mountain extend to the weary traveller ! Milk, warm from the cow, fresh-churned butter, reindeer meat, and a couple of delicious trout which we have just seen taken from the lake below, form a regal feast indeed ; and, spiced with the keen appetite which the air up here creates, the meal can only be equalled by the luxury of reposing on a soft...

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