Travels in the Island of Iceland: During the Summer of the Year MDCCCX

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Thomas Allan, 1811 - Iceland - 491 pages
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Page iv - But where to find that happiest spot below, Who can direct, when all pretend to know; The shudd'ring tenant of the frigid zone, Boldly proclaims that happiest spot his own; Extols the treasures of his stormy seas, And his long nights of revelry and ease.
Page 268 - Yet still, e'en here, content can spread a charm, Redress the clime, and all its rage disarm. Tho' poor the peasant's hut, his feasts tho' small, He sees his little lot, the lot of all; Sees no contiguous palace rear its head, To shame the meanness of his humble shed ; No costly lord the sumptuous banquet deal, To make him loathe his
Page 77 - Where undissolving, from the first of time, Snows swell on snows amazing to the sky; And icy mountains, high on mountains pil'd, Seem to the shivering sailor from afar, Shapeless and white, an atmosphere of clouds Projected huge, and horrid o'er the surge.
Page 114 - issued. Ascending it, we got upon a ridge immediately above a deep hollow, from which a profusion of vapour arose, and heard a confused noise of boiling and splashing, joined to the roaring of steam escaping from narrow crevices in the rock. This hollow, together with the whole side of the mountain opposite, as far up as we could see,
Page 118 - wonders, or its terrors. The sensations of a person, even of firm nerves, standing on a support which feebly sustains him, over an abyss where, literally, fire and brimstone are in dreadful and incessant action j
Page 93 - it from the Danes, or the Danes from the natives, we did not ascertain. Several ladies, whose virtue could not bear a very strict scrutiny, were pointed out to us. One was present, who, since her husband had gone to Copenhagen on business, had lived with another merchant by whom she had
Page 179 - in mist. Our first object, however, was to examine ' the state of the magnetic needle, which Olafson in his travels ' asserts to be put into great agitation at the summit of this ' mountain, and no longer to retain its polarity. What may * be the case a hundred feet higher, we cannot affirm ; but
Page 268 - scanty meal; But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil, Each wish contracting, fits him to the soil.
Page 179 - the footsteps of our ascent. We found re-crossing the ' chasm a work of no small danger; for whenever we stuck ' our poles into the snow bridge, they went directly through. ' The first person, therefore, who crossed, thrust his pole deep * into the lower part of the wall, thus affording a point of
Page 330 - care to convey to their minds the inheritance of knowledge and virtue. In his intercourse with those around him, his character displays the stamp of honour and integrity. His religious duties are performed with cheerfulness and punctuality ; and this even amidst the numerous obstacles, which are afforded by the nature of the country, and the climate

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