The Traveller's Guide Through Scotland, and Its Islands, Volume 2

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J. Pillans & Sons, 1814 - Scotland
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Page 206 - WE were now treading that illustrious Island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future, predominate over the present, advances us in...
Page 38 - That time has spar'd, forth from the window looks, Half hid in grass, the solitary fox; While from above the owl, musician dire! Screams hideous, harsh, and grating to the ear. Equal in age, and sharers of its fate, A row of moss-grown trees around it stand. Scarce here and there, upon their blasted tops, A shrivell'd leaf distinguishes the year...
Page 66 - ... bay, bleached for ages by the waves. In walking on the north side, the road is sometimes cut through the face of the solid rock, which rises upwards of...
Page 66 - Travellers who wish to see all they can of this singular phenomenon, generally sail west on the south side of the lake, to the Rock and Den of the Ghost, whose dark recesses, from their gloomy appearance, the imagination of superstition conceived to be the habitation of supernatural beings.
Page 66 - At other times, his road is at the foot of fugged and stupendous cliffs; and trees are growing where no earth is to be seen. Every rock has its echo, every grove is vocal, by the melodious harmony of birds, or by the sweet airs of women and children, gathering filberts, in their season.
Page 67 - ... defiance at man. In a word, both by land and water, there are so many turnings and windings, so many heights and hollows, so many glens, capes, and bays, that one cannot advance 20 yards without having his prospect changed by the continual appearauce of new objects, while others are constantly retiring out of sight.
Page 66 - ... in their season. Down the side of the opposite mountain, after a shower of rain, flow a hundred white streams, which rush with incredible velocity and noise into the lake, and spread their froth upon its surface. On one side the...
Page 66 - Benvenu ; the heron stalks among the reeds in search of his prey ; and the sportive ducks gambol on the waters, or dive below. On the other, the wild goats climb where they have scarce ground for...
Page 67 - ... are constantly retiring out of sight. This scene is closed by a west view of the lake for several miles, having its sides lined with alternate clumps of wood and arable fields, and the smoke rising in spiral columns through the air, from villages which are concealed by the intervening woods ; and the prospect is bounded by the towering Alps of Arrochar, which are chequered with snow, or hide their heads in the clouds.
Page 206 - Seven years before that awful day When time shall be no more, A watery deluge shall o'ersweep Hibernia's mossy shore ; The green-clad Isla, too, shall sink, While with the great and good, Columba's happier isle shall rear Her towers above the flood.

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