A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: Comprising ... Views of the Most Interesting Scenes, from Original Drawings Taken on the Spot; with Some Account of the Bathing Establishments in that Department of France. [With a Map.]

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R. Ackermann, 1825 - 84 pages

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Page 26 - Mountains have fallen, Leaving a gap in the clouds, and with the shock Rocking their Alpine brethren; filling up The ripe green valleys with destruction's splinters; Damming the rivers with a sudden dash, Which crush'd the waters into mist and made Their fountains find another channel thus, Thus, in its old age, did Mount Rosenberg Why stood I not beneath it ? C.
Page 43 - Smooth to the shelving brink a copious flood Rolls fair and placid; where collected all, In one impetuous torrent, down the steep It thundering shoots, and shakes the country round. At first, an azure sheet, it rushes broad ; Then whitening by degrees, as prone it falls, And from the loud-resounding rocks below Dash'd in a cloud of foam, it sends aloft A hoary mist, and forms a ceaseless shower.
Page 20 - Into one place, and let dry land appear.' Immediately the mountains huge appear Emergent, and their broad bare backs upheave Into the clouds; their tops ascend the sky: So high as...
Page 26 - Then spring the living herbs, profusely wild, O'er all the deep-green earth, beyond the power Of botanist to number up their tribes : Whether he steals along the lonely dale, In silent search ; or through the forest, rank With what the dull incurious weeds account, Bursts his blind way; or climbs the mountain-rock, Fired by the nodding verdure of its brow.
Page 6 - Michael, possesses the singular property of presenting the human corpse almost entire ; nearly sixty bodies are placed standing or sitting against the wall a, horrible and ghastly sight. Some of them are three hundred years old; the skin has the appearance of leather, and many have their garments still remaining. The person who shews them, an old woman, professes to designate their various situations in life ; such as a monk, a seignior, or a mechanic ; and even to indicate the disease of which...
Page 34 - Aslant the hollow channel rapid darts ; And, falling fast from gradual slope to slope, With wild infracted course, and lessen'd roar, It gains a safer bed, and steals, at last, Along the mazes of the quiet vale.
Page 50 - Si j'étais encore au fond de l'Inde, et que je soupçonnasse l'existence de ce que je vois en ce moment, je partirais sur-le-champ pour en jouir et pour l'admirer!
Page 38 - ... military, at the expense of government, for the cure of maladies arising from old wounds, upon which the waters are affirmed to have an almost miraculous effect. St. Sauveur is another source resorted to for the numerous class of nervous disorders ; Les Eaux Bonnes and Bagneres de Louckon for consumption, and Cauterets for diseases of the digestive organs. At the commencement and close of each season the visitants usually assemble at Bagneres de Bigorre...
Page 65 - ... sojourn amidst these mountains, I sometimes came in contact with this singular race of human beings, and who are, I believe, peculiar to this part of France. No language can describe the utter wretchedness of their appearance ; shunned by every one, they crawl upon the face of the earth in the most abject state of want and misery, such as can only be known but in being witnessed. Their complexions are cadaverous in the extreme ; many of them are afflicted with the goitre, of dwarfish stature,...
Page 48 - In the centre of the view are seven other cascades, varying from 3 to 500 feet in perpendicular height. The majestic scene is formed of glaciers, snow, and alabaster rocks ; the summits of the amphitheatre are crowned with perpetual snows, and carried along in terraces, the faces of which are primitive alabaster rocks. On the very highest range, two enormous masses, of a square form, " High o'er the rest display superior state, In proud pre-eminence sublimely great...

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