A Saunter in Belgium, in the Summer of 1835: With Traits, Historical and Descriptive

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F.C. Westley, 1786 - Belgium - 387 pages
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Page 92 - By some relentless swain's rapacious hand; While good Eliza to the fugitives Gave gracious welcome ; as wise Egypt erst To troubled Nilus, whose untricious flood With annual gratitude enrich'd her meads.
Page 92 - Crofs'd the fmooth channel of our fmiling feas; And in the vales of Cantium, on the banks Of Stour alighted, and the naval wave Of fpacious Medway : fome on gentle Yare, And fertile Waveney, pitch'd ; and made their feats Pleafant Norvicum, and Colceftria's towers...
Page 92 - Thus around the globe, The golden-footed fciences their path Mark, like the fun, enkindling life and joy; And follow'd clofe by Ignorance and Pride, Lead Day and Night o'er realms. Our day arofe When Alva's tyranny the weaving arts Drove from the fertile vallies of the Scheld.
Page 233 - Lords, who in this country ftill retain the femblance of feudal power in the criminal jurifdiction, poflefs alfo, in their baronies or manors, moft of the rights that are enjoyed by the Lords of Manors in England. Thefe rights, in fome inftances, have been abridged by the laws of Brabant. As an example of this fort, it may be remarked, that by an article in the Joyous Entry of Brabant, in the...
Page 92 - Nilus, whose untricious flood With annual gratitude enrich'd her meads. Then from fair Antwerp an industrious train Cross'd the smooth channel of our smiling seas...
Page 155 - Agriculture,' continues the same author, ' whilst it supplies materials to commerce and manufacture, is also more permanent than either, and affords a more solid basis of national prosperity. The manufactures of Louvain have failed, and the trade of Antwerp is fallen ; but the fields of Flanders keep a constant fertility. Agriculture also entertains a raccof men, temperate, hardy, simple, that withstand the attacks of luxury, and among whom virtue lingers long, when corruption has' gained the other...
Page 142 - It happens otherwise in a country where the farms are of a wide extent. In a large farm, many parts are overlooked or neglected, and a more negligent culture is bestowed by hired labourers, more remiss...
Page 143 - ... is diminifhed, and extreme indigence is often found in the dwellings of the cottagers that inhabit around. The other Provinces have remarked the advantages which Flanders has derived from the fmall extent of the farms, and have imitated that example. The States of Haynault have, by an exprefs law, limited the extent of the farms in that Province, and have ordained, that no farm (hall contain a larger fpace than a hundred and fifty acres. The good eflects of this regulation, which was made about...
Page 139 - ... villages embowered among trees, and divided from each other by fmall intervals. Between fuch fair landfcapes wind the rivers, or extend the clear canals of Flanders and Brabant. The bounty of • the land is diffufed in decent competence through all the multitude that inhabits it ; and the looks of the labourer, his...
Page 184 - ... the common laws of fome provinces to the contrary. Charles had even a mind to incorporate thefe provinces with the Germanic body, and to make of them a circle of the empire, under the title of the circle of Burgundy, in order thereby to engage princes of the empire to concern themfelves for the prefervation of thofe provinces. -But the...

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