Letters from France, in 1802, Volume 1

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H.D. Symonds, 1804 - France
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Page 83 - A shout, that tore Hell's concave, and beyond Frighted the reign of Chaos and old Night. All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand banners rise into the air With orient colours waving ; with them rose A forest huge of spears, and thronging helms Appeared, and serried shields in thick array Of depth immeasurable...
Page 337 - Alike all ages. Dames of ancient days Have led their children through the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.
Page 59 - With antique pillars massy proof, And storied windows, richly dight, Casting a dim religious light. There let the pealing organ blow To the full-voiced quire below, In service high and anthems clear, As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all heaven before mine eyes.
Page 280 - Leans for all pleasure on another's breast. Hence ostentation here, with tawdry art, Pants for the vulgar praise which fools impart; Here vanity assumes her pert grimace, And trims her robes of frieze with copper lace; Here beggar- pride defrauds her daily cheer, To boast one splendid banquet once a year.
Page 209 - Walk thoughtful on the silent solemn shore Of that vast ocean it must sail so soon, And put good works on board, and wait the wind That shortly blows us into worlds unknown : If unconsider'd, too, a dreadful scene!
Page 86 - I saw is the lawn in front of the stables; it is large, of a good verdure, and well kept, — proving clearly that they may have as fine lawns in the north of France as in England. The labyrinth is the only complete one I have seen, and I have no inclination to see another: it is in gardening what a rebus is in poetry. In the sylvae are many very fine and scarce plants. I wish those persons who view Chantilly, and are fond of fine trees, would not forget to ask for the great beech; this is the finest...
Page 85 - I had been so accustomed to the imitation in water of the waving and irregular lines of nature that I came to Chantilly " prepossessed against the idea of a canal, but the view of one here is striking and had the effect which magnificent scenes impress. It arises from extent and from the right lines of the water uniting with the regularity of the objects in view.
Page 219 - A subscription is the essential and indispensable condition of acquiring the right of admission, according to which, every subscriber must pay regularly and punctually, ten-pence per month, from ten till thirty years of age ; one shilling and three-pence per month from thirty to fifty ; one shilling and eight-pence per month from fifty to seventy years of age. These different payments will amount to 45 /. , which must be completely paid before a person can acquire the right of admission. Hence, if...
Page 85 - I think, who says the part of the garden contiguous to the house should partake of the regularity of the building; with much magnificence about a place this is unavoidable. The effect here however is lessened by the parterre before the castle, in which the division and the diminutive jets d'eau are not of a size to correspond with the magnificence of the canal.

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