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Page 196 - Oh, better that her shattered hulk Should sink beneath the wave; Her thunders shook the mighty deep, And there should be her grave : Nail to the mast her holy flag. Set every threadbare sail, And give her to the god of storms, The lightning and the gale!
Page 214 - The velvet turf, golden-green in sunshine, the trim buckthorn hedges, the tretlised roses, the commingling of pine, elm, maple, larch, chestnut, and fir in the groves, the unexpected dells and water-glimpses, the gleam of towers and mellow-tinted house-fronts far and near, the old avenues, ribbed with Gothic boughs, are among their features, and you can scarcely say that anything is wanting.
Page 214 - NewEngland region, and also the peculiar conditions of situation, scenery and varying departments of animate existence i that constitute the charms of NewEngland life and country inland. One of the greatest and most intelligent travellers of modern times thus writes : ' As you approach Boston, the roughest region is yet a region of houses. Man may sometimes deform, but he oftenest improves, Nature : it is mere cant to assert the contrary ; and I know no better illustration of the fact than the environs...
Page 246 - Coining out, nothing can look more arctic and forlorn than the river double-shrouded in ice and snow, or sadder than the contrast offered to the same prospect in summer. Then all is laughing, and it is a joy in every nerve to ride out over the Long Bridge at high tide, and, looking southward, to see the wide crinkle and glitter of that beautiful expanse of water, which laps on one hand the granite quays of the city, and on the other washes among the reeds and wild grasses of the saltmeadows.
Page 214 - In her southern suburbs, however, Boston may challenge comparison with almost any city in the world. This undulating region, dotted with crystal ponds, superbly wooded, and covered for miles with country-seats in every conceivable style of architecture, is a portfolio crammed with delicious pictures. It is not only in the Harvard precincts that the oldness of New England is to be remarked. Although her people are everywhere in the vanguard of all progress, their country has a look of gable-ends and...
Page 246 - ... is a joy in every nerve to ride out over the Long Bridge at high tide, and, looking southward, to see the wide crinkle and glitter of that beautiful expanse of water, which laps on one hand the granite quays of the city, and on the other washes among the reeds and wild grasses of the saltmeadows. A ship coming slowly up the channel, or a dingy tug violently darting athwart it, gives an additional pleasure to the eye, and adds something dreamy or vivid to the beauty of the scene. It is hard to...
Page 214 - The approach to Boston is almost the only picturesque city view we have on the Atlantic coast. New York, from the Bay, suggests commercial activity only ; Philadelphia, from the Delaware, is the tamest of cities ; but Boston, from any side, owing to her elevation, has a stately charm which her prouder sisters do not possess.
Page 213 - In her southern suburbs, however, — in Roxbury and the hills beyond, and princely Brookline, and Brighton, — Boston may challenge comparison with almost any city in the world. This undulating region, dotted with crystal ponds, superbly wooded, and covered for miles with country-seats in every conceivable style of architecture, from the once-prevalent Grecian temple to the now fashionable mansardroof, is a portfolio crammed with delicious pictures.
Page 216 - ... doubt you've been told That the orbs of the universe round it are rolled, But I'll own it to you — and I ought to know best — That this isn't quite true of all stars of the West. You will go to Mount Auburn — we'll show you the track — And can stay there — unless you prefer to come back — And Bunker's tall shaft you can climb, if you will, But you'll puff like a paragraph praising a pill.