An Excursion to the Lakes in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August, 1773

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J. Wilkie and W. Goldsmith, 1774 - 193 pages

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Page 142 - 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 124 - ... plank, thrown fafe afhore, I hear the tumult of the diftant throng, As that of feas remote, or dying ftorms ; And meditate on fcenes, more filent ftill ? Purfue my theme, and fight the fear of death. Here, like a fhepherd gazing from his hut, Touching his reed, or...
Page 110 - ... tell you, that the full perfection of Keswick consists of three circumstances^ beauty, horror, and immensity united ; the second ok which alone is found in Dovedale.
Page 124 - Pursue my theme, and fight the fear of death. Here, like a shepherd gazing from his hut, Touching his reed, or leaning on his staff...
Page 140 - ... where we were delighted with the noble objects which prefented themfelves to our view. Around us was fpread a grove, formed of tall young oaks, afh, and birch trees, which gave an agreeable coolnefs and...
Page 110 - Keswick consists of three circumstances beauty, horror, and immensity united the second of which alone is found in Dovedale. Of beauty it hath little, nature having left it almost a desert ; neither its small extent, nor the diminutive and lifeless form of the hills, admit magnificence. But to give you a complete idea of these three perfections, as they are joined in Keswick, would require the united powers of Claude, Salvator, and Poussin.
Page 108 - I vifited another .or two of their romantic fcenes : but thefe are inferior to Dovedale. They are but poor miniatures of Kefwick ; which exceeds them more in grandeur than I can give you to imagine, and more if...
Page 108 - The rocks indeed of Dovedale are finely wild, pointed and irregular; but the hills are both little and unanimated, and the margin of the brook is poorly edged with weeds, morass, and brushwood. But at Keswick, you will on one...
Page 141 - Beaching the wood, where the descent is less precipitous, it winds among the trees, sometimes showing itself, and at others totally concealed, whilst it serpentines towards the lake. The spray which is dashed around the rocks, and carried upon the breeze, wherever it meets the rays of the sun, through the openings of the cliffs, takes the colours of the rainbow.
Page 153 - Mists began to arise on the lake, and by reason of the air which bore them aloft being confined and eddying within this deep circle, they were whirled round, and carried upwards like a column, which...

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