Views A-foot, Or, Europe Seen with Knapsack and Staff

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David McKay, 1891 - Europe - 448 pages
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Page 213 - Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.
Page 66 - IN the market-place of Bruges stands the belfry old and brown ; Thrice consumed and thrice rebuilded, still it watches o'er the town. As the summer morn was breaking, on that lofty tower I stood, And the world threw off the darkness, like the weeds of widowhood. Thick with towns and hamlets studded, and with streams and vapors gray, Like a shield embossed with silver, round and vast the landscape lay.
Page 362 - The mind with in its most unearthly mood, When each conception was a heavenly guest A ray of immortality — and stood, Starlike, around, until they gathered to a god!
Page 214 - And when the loud bell shakes the spires And flame aloft the signal-fires, I go below and join the throng And swing my sword and sing my song : " I am the boy of the mountain !" Salzburg lies on both sides of the Salza, hemmed in on either hand by precipitous mountains.
Page 249 - Biilach, those tall and stately trees, with velvet down upon their shining leaves and rustic benches underneath their overhanging eaves ! A leafy dwelling, fit to be the home of elf or fairy, where first I told my love to thee, thou cold and stately Hermione ! A little peasant girl stood near, and listened all the while, with eyes of wonder and delight, and an unconscious smile, to hear the stranger...
Page 305 - The eye of the infant is larger, in proportion to the size of the body, than that of the adult; but it is by no means certain that the eye of the male is larger proportionately to the size of the body than the eye of the female. By some anatomists the human eye...
Page 55 - A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping, Dirty and dusky, but as wide as eye Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping In sight, then lost amidst the forestry Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy; A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown On a fool's head - and there is London Town!
Page 358 - I passed the obelisk, went up the long ascent, crossed the portico, pushed aside the heavy leathern curtain at the entrance, and stood in the great nave. I need not describe my feelings at the sight, but I will give the dimensions, and the reader may then fancy what they were. Before me was a marble plain...
Page 359 - ... the four immense pillars on which it rests are each one hundred and thirty-seven feet in circumference ! It seems as if human art had outdone itself in producing this temple — the grandest which the world ever erected for the worship of the Living, God ! The awe I felt in looking up at the colossal arch of marble and gold, did not humble me ; on the contrary, I felt exalted, ennobled — beings in the form I wore planned the glorious edifice, and it seemed that in godlike power and perseverance,...
Page 155 - Madonna, the largest specimen of ennmel-painting in existence. However costly the contents of these halls, they were only an introduction to those which followed. Each one exceeded the other in splendor and costliness. The walls were covered to the ceiling with rows of goblets, vases, etc., of polished jasper, agate, and lapis lazuli.

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