In the Heart of the Vosges and Other Sketches by a "devious Traveller"

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A. C. McClurg & Company: [etc.., 1912 - 327 стор.
 

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Сторінка 132 - An activity has been here, that has swept away all difficulties before it, and has clothed the very rocks with verdure. It would be a disgrace to common sense to ask the cause; the enjoyment of property must have done it. Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years...
Сторінка 166 - This prospect, which contains a semicircle of a hundred miles diameter, has an oceanic vastness, in which the eye loses itself; an almost boundless scene of cultivation; an animated, but confused mass of infinitely varied parts — melting gradually into the distant obscure from which emerges the amazing frame of the Pyrenees, rearing their silvered heads far above the clouds.
Сторінка 183 - Lourde, where is a castle on a rock, garrisoned for the mere purpose of keeping state prisoners, sent hither by lettres de cachet. Seven or eight are known to be here at present; thirty have been here at a time; and many for life — torn by the relentless hand of jealous tyranny from the bosom of domestic comfort; from wives, children, friends, and hurried for crimes unknown to themselves — more probably for virtues — to languish in this detested abode of misery — and die of despair.
Сторінка 166 - The promenade," he wrote in June 1787, "is finely situated. Built on the highest part of the rampart, and commanding that noble vale, or rather plain, one of the richest in Europe, which extends on one side to the sea and in front to the Pyrenees, whose towering masses heaped one upon another in a stupendous manner, and covered with snow, offer a variety of lights and shades from indented forms and the immensity of their projections. This prospect, which contains a semicircle of...
Сторінка 166 - The promenade is finely situated; built on the highest part of the rampart, and commanding that noble vale, or rather plain- one of the richest in Europe, which extends on one side to the sea, and in front to the Pyrenees ; whose towering masses, heaped one upon another in a stupendous manner, and covered with snow, offer a variety of lights and shades from indented forms and the immensity of their projections. This prospect, which contains a semicircle of...
Сторінка 177 - But eagles, golden-feather'd, who do tower Above us in their beauty, and must reign In right thereof; for 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in might : Yea, by that law, another race may drive Our conquerors to mourn as we do now.
Сторінка 133 - Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years' lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.
Сторінка 113 - Of the last-named work the Examiner thus observes : — " We must go back to the Italian painters of the sixteenth century to find a picture worthy of being classed with this most stupendous achievement of the young French master. In gravity and magnitude of purpose, no less than in the scope and power of his imagination, he towers like a Colossus among his contemporaries. For grandeur and boldness of mass and outline, and for energy and passion of expression, ' Christ leaving the Prœtorium ' suggests...
Сторінка 183 - Lourdes," he writes in August 1787, "where is a castle on a rock, garrisoned for the mere purpose of keeping State prisoners, sent hither by lettres de cachet. Seven or eight are known to be here at present ; thirty have been here at a time; and many for life — torn by the relentless hand of jealous tyranny from the bosom of domestic comfort, from wives, children, friends, and hurried, for crimes unknown to themselves...
Сторінка 64 - ... our airy eminence to the level world below, nothing more visionary, slumberous, or dimmer than that wide expanse, teeming, as we know, with busy human life, yet flat and motionless as a picture. On clear nights the electric lights of the new railway station at Strasburg are seen from this point; but far more attractive than the prospects from St. Odile, is its prehistoric wall. Before the wall however came the dinner, which deserves mention. It was Friday, so in company of priests, nuns, monks,...

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