A Picturesque Tour Through Holland, Brabant, and Part of France: Made in the Autumn of 1789, Volume 1

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T. Egerton, 1796 - France
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Page 35 - On every side you look, behold the wall! No pleasing intricacies intervene, No artful wildness to perplex the scene: Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother, And half the platform just reflects the other. The...
Page 114 - Cool ftreams thro' flow'ry meadows gently glide; And as they pafs, their painted banks they chide. Thefe blifsful plains no blights, nor mildews fear, The Flow'rs ne'er fade, and fhrubs are myrtles here. The morn awakes the tulip from her bed ; Ere noon in painted pride fhe decks her head ; Rob'd in rich dye fhe triumphs on the green, And ev'ry flow'r does homage to their queen.
Page 81 - Hennesberg, aged forty-two, was delivered of 365 children at a birth ; said to be by the imprecations of a beggar woman, who (on being refused charity) wished she might have as many children as there were days in the year.
Page 31 - But fee ! each Mufe, in LEO'S golden days, Starts from her trance, and trims her wither'd bays, Rome's ancient Genius, o'er its ruins fpread, 700 Shakes off the duft, and fears his rev'rend head.
Page 202 - Sooth'd with the found, the king grew vain; Fought all his battles o'er again; And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he flew the flain.
Page 82 - ... with pleasant minuteness describes them to be of the size of shrimps, and Erasmus believed the story. Those who have the hardihood to differ from such authorities, explain away the miracle by stating, that on the third day of January, the beggar wished the countess, who expected to lie in every hour, might have as many children as there had been days in the year, and that she on that day was delivered of three children.
Page 82 - Utrecht, yet the truth seems to be, that, on a 3rd of January, the beggar wished the Countess might have as many children as there had been days in the year : and that her wish was fulfilled by the good Countess being delivered of three children on that day. It is said that credulity once ran so high in this village, as to induce them to place a picture in the church illustrative of this whimsical subject.
Page 24 - ... city of the moft commercial people in Europe. The annual fair is now held here; during which the principal ftreets are lined with booths or ftails, arranged clofe to the canals.
Page xi - The author's firft intention was, he tells- us, to have etched the plates himfelf : but fearful of his inability to render juftice to the views, and aware of the fuperior beauty and foftnefs of the aquatinta over the hard effect of etching, he applied to an ingenious artift, Mr. Cornelius Apoftool, from Amfterdam, whole care in the execution of the plates, and clofe attention to the drawings, deferve this mention, as a tribute to his profeffional flcill,' Of the anecdotes that are introduced,...
Page 169 - Laughable as it may seem, a safe expedient to insure the affections of the lower class of these lasses, is to arm yourself well with gingerbread. The first question the lover is asked after knocking at the door, when the parents are supposed to be in bed, is, ' Have you any gingerbread ? ' If he replies in the affirmative, he finds little difficulty in gaining admission.

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