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Page 263 - We were overshadowed by lofty trees, with straight, smooth trunks, .like stately columns ; and as the glancing rays of the sun shone through the transparent leaves, tinted with the manycolored hues of autumn, I was reminded of the effect of sunshine among the stained windows and clustering columns of a Gothic cathedral.
Page 634 - ... below the vane ; and from that point the adventurous climber has to scale the outside by means of hooks attached to the walls. The interior is filled with a timber frame, consisting of a central piece with arms and braces. This entire frame, the arms of which were made to support floors which served as scaffolds whilst the spire was building, is hung to the capstone of the spire by iron cross bars, and by the iron standard of the vane, which is fixed to the upper part of the central piece. Great...
Page 1 - Architecture is the art which so disposes and adorns the edifices raised by man for whatsoever uses, that the sight of them contributes to his mental health, power and pleasure.
Page 612 - Or down the nave to pace in motion slow ; Watching, with upward eye, the tall tower grow And mount, at every step, with living wiles Instinct — to rouse the heart and lead the will By a bright ladder to the world above.
Page 142 - Adorable dreamer, whose heart has been so romantic ! who hast given thyself so prodigally, given thyself to sides and to heroes not mine, only never to the Philistines! home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular' names, and impossible loyalties...
Page 7 - congestions of heavy, dark, melancholy, monkish piles, without any just proportion, use, or beauty," their origin was hardly worth the fatigue of thought, and patient investigation.
Page 113 - But after the most careful examination, I could not find in any part of the cathedral of Lincoln, neither in the general design, nor in any part of the system of architecture adopted, nor in the details of ornament, any trace of the French school of the twelfth century, (the lay school from 1170 to 1220), so plainly characteristic of the cathedrals of Paris, Noyon, Senlis, Chartres, Sens, and even Rouen.
Page 486 - But with this abandonment the effort took effect. All the trunks of the mullions, springing out of one base, rose up to a certain height and then shot themselves out into ramifications of the most intricate and delicate network, exhibiting a variety of combinations which baffles enumeration — the branches climbing and...
Page 24 - This bending of the pillars was facilitated by their ill building; for, they are only cased without, and that with small stones, not one greater than a man's burden; but within is nothing but a core of small rubbish - stone, and much mortar, which easily crushes and yields to the weight...