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A Description of the Scenery of the Lakes in the North of England
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Alps Ambleside ancient appearance ascended beauty birch Borrowdale bosom Buttermere Castle Chapel church clouds cluster colour confined Coniston contrast cottages crags Dacre Castle dale Dalemain deciduous Derwent Derwent-water Duddon Duddon Sands eastern side Ennerdale favourable feeling fern fields foliage forest forms frequently Furness Gavel Grasmere green ground Hawswater height Helvellyn herbage hills hollies inhabitants island Lake Lake of Geneva land landscape Langdale larch Loughrigg Fell Loughrigg Tarn Loweswater manner meadows miles moun mountains native wood nature neighbour North of England numerous objects observed ornament Patterdale Pike plant pleasure region rich river road rocks rocky Rydal scarcely scattered Scawfell scenery scenes Scotch fir Scotland season seen shores Skiddaw snow soil spot steep stone stream sublimity summit surface tains Tarn taste tint torrents tracts traveller trees Ullswater vale of Keswick valley vapours variety Wastdale weather whole wild Winandermere Windermere winds
Page 19 - 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.
Page 30 - 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.
Page 65 - Many of these humble sons of the hills had a consciousness that the land which they tilled had for more than five hundred years been possessed by men of the same name and blood.
Page 36 - ... than finely interwoven passages of gay and sad music are touching to the ear. Vapours exhaling from the lakes and meadows after sunrise, in a hot season, or, in moist weather, brooding upon the heights, or descending towards the valleys with inaudible motion, give a visionary character to everything around them...
Page 132 - 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 gulph immeasurable: Grasmire and the other mountains of Crummock — Ennerdale and its mountains; and the Sea beyond!
Page 53 - ... 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.
Page 97 - To level with the dust a noble horde, A brotherhood of venerable Trees, Leaving an ancient Dome, and Towers like these, Beggared and outraged ! — Many hearts deplored The fate of those old Trees ; and oft with pain The Traveller, at this day, will stop and gaze On wrongs, which Nature scarcely seems to heed : For sheltered places, bosoms, nooks, and bays, And the pure mountains, and the gentle Tweed, And the green silent pastures, yet remain.
Page 36 - Laplanders of this day) by whom they are taken for guardian deities of the mountains ; or to sympathise with others who have fancied these delicate apparitions to be the spirits of their departed ancestors. Akin to these are fleecy clouds resting upon the hill-tops ; they are not easily managed in picture, with their accompaniments of blue sky ; but how glorious are they in Nature ! how pregnant with imagination for the poet ! and the height of the Cumbrian mountains is sufficient to exhibit daily...
Page 97 - 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...
Page 42 - Her, whose strength and stature seem to 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...