How to Visit the English Cathedrals

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Dodd, Mead, 1912 - Cathedrals - 460 pages

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Page 438 - A flight of steps lead up to it, through a deep and gloomy, but magnificent arch. Great gates of brass, richly and delicately wrought, turn heavily upon their hinges, as if proudly reluctant to admit the feet of common mortals into this most gorgeous of sepulchres.
Page 439 - A peculiar melancholy reigns over the aisle where Mary lies buried. The light struggles dimly through windows darkened by dust. The greater part of the place is in deep shadow, and the walls are stained and tinted by time and weather. A marble figure of Mary is stretched upon the tomb, round which is an iron railing, much corroded, bearing her national emblem the thistle. I was weary with wandering, and sat down to rest myself by the monument, revolving in my mind the chequered and disastrous story...
Page 408 - There is no instance of a man before Gibbons who gave to wood the loose and airy lightness of flowers, and chained together the various productions . of the elements with a free disorder natural to each species.
Page xxiii - THE GENERAL APPEARANCE of Decorated buildings is at once simple and magnificent; simple from the small number of parts, and magnificent from the size of the windows, and the easy flow of the lines of tracery. In the interior of large buildings we find great breadth, and an enlargement of the clere-story windows, with a corresponding diminution of the triforium, which is now rather a part of the clere-storey opening than a distinct member of the division. The roofing, from the increased richness of...
Page 429 - Corner, which occupies an end of one of the transepts or cross aisles of the abbey. The monuments are generally simple ; for the lives of literary men afford no striking themes for the sculptor. Shakspeare and Addison have statues erected to their memories ; but the greater part have busts, medallions, and sometimes mere inscriptions.
Page 351 - Greenyard* pulpit, and the service books and singing books that could be had, were carried to the fire in the public market-place ; a lewd wretch walking before the train, in his cope trailing in the dirt, with a service book in his hand, imitating in an impious scorn the tune and usurping the words of the Litany used formerly in the Church...
Page 350 - Lord, what work was here ! what clattering of glasses ! what beating down of walls ! what tearing up of monuments ! what pulling down of seats ! what wresting out of irons and brass from the windows and graves ! what defacing of arms ! what demolishing of curious stone-work, that had not any representation in the world, but only of the cost of the founder, and skill of the mason...
Page 356 - He, and by a long censer which, descending out of the same place almost to the very ground, was swinged up and down at such a length that it reached at one swepe almost to the west gate of the church, and with the other to the queer [quire} stairs of the same, breathing out over the whole church and companie a most pleasant perfume of such sweet things as burned therein.
Page 439 - ... which he provided. Almost a second Abbey was needed to contain the new establishment of monks who were to sing in their stalls ' as long as the world shall endure.' Almost a second shrine surrounded by its blazing tapers and shining like gold with its glittering bronze, was to contain his remains. " To the Virgin Mary, to whom the chapel was dedicated, he had a special devotion.
Page xv - Norman architects, at the end of the eleventh century and the beginning of the twelfth...

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