A Handbook for Travellers in Holland and Belgium

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J. Murray, 1881 - Belgium - 219 pages
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Page 169 - And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves, Dewy with nature's tear-drops as they pass, Grieving, if aught inanimate e'er grieves, Over the unreturning brave, — alas! Ere evening to be trodden like the grass Which now beneath them, but above shall grow In its next verdure, when this fiery mass Of living valour, rolling on the foe And burning with high hope, shall moulder cold and low.
Page 174 - There have been tears and breaking hearts for thee, And mine were nothing, had I such to give ; But when I stood beneath the fresh green tree, Which living waves where thou didst cease to live, And saw around me the wide field revive With fruits and fertile promise, and the Spring Come forth her work of gladness to contrive, With all her reckless birds upon the wing, I turn'd from all she brought to those she could not bring.
Page 9 - Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education ; in the elder, a part of experience.
Page 8 - How did they rivet, with gigantic piles, Thorough the centre their new-catched miles, And to the stake a struggling country bound, Where barking waves still bait the forced ground, Building their watery Babel far more high To reach the sea, than those to scale the sky.
Page 8 - This indigested vomit of the sea Fell to the Dutch by just propriety. Glad then, as miners who have found the ore, They, with mad labour, fish'd the land to shore ; And div'd as desperately for each piece Of earth, as if 't had been of ambergreece ; Collecting anxiously small loads of clay, Less than what building swallows bear away ; Or than those pills which sordid beetles roll, Transfusing into them their dunghill soul.
Page 8 - And sat, not as a meat, but as a guest, And oft the Tritons and the sea-nymphs saw Whole shoals of Dutch served up for Cabillau, Or, as they over the new level ranged For pickled herring, pickled heerin changed.
Page 10 - When a traveller returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled altogether behind him ; but maintain a correspondence by letters with those of his acquaintance which are of most worth ; and let his travel appear rather in his discourse than in his apparel or gesture ; and in his discourse let him be rather advised in his answers, than forward to tell stories : and let it appear that he doth not change his country manners for those of foreign parts ; but only prick in some...
Page 101 - ... they are healthy and comely women, but seldom, if ever, possess any degree of elegance: the same may be said of his young men and children: his old men have that sort of dignity which a bushy beard will confer; but he never possessed a poetical conception of character. In his representations of the highest characters in the Christian or the fabulous world...
Page 151 - ... improperly called — St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read; who is represented about fourteen or fifteen years of age, too old to begin to learn to read. The white silk drapery of the Virgin is well painted, but not historical ; the silk is too particularly distinguished, a fault of which Rubens is often guilty, in his female drapery; but by being of the same colour as the sky it has a soft harmonious effect. The rest of the picture is of a mellow tint.
Page 152 - The head of the Christ is rather a good character, but the body and arms are heavy : — it has been much damaged. On the inside of the two folding doors are portraits of the Burgo-master and his wife, half-lengths : his is a fine portrait; the ear is remarkably well painted, and the anatomy of the forehead is well understood. Her portrait has no merit but that of colour.

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