A Guide to the Lakes, in Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire

W. Pennington, and sold, 1821 - 312 pages

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Page 209 - The bosom of the mountains spreading here into a broad basin, discovers in the midst Grasmere Water ; its margin is hollowed into small bays, with bold eminences, some of rock, some of soft turf, that half conceal and vary the figure of the little lake they command...
Page 253 - The gates of hell are open night and day ; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way : But, to return, and view the cheerful skies — In this the task and mighty labour lies.
Page 218 - ... feet gushes from a hole in the rock, and spreading in large sheets over its broken front dashes from steep to steep, and then rattles away in a torrent down the valley. The rock on the left rises perpendicular with stubbed yew-trees and shrubs staring from its side to the height of at least 300 feet.
Page 102 - In the evening walked alone down to the Lake by the side of Crow-Park after sunset and saw the solemn colouring of night draw on. the last gleam of sunshine fading away on the hill-tops, the deep serene of the waters, and the long shadows of the mountains thrown across them, till they nearly touched the hithermost shore.
Page 201 - I guess, awefully overlooks the way ; our path here tends to the left, and the ground gently rising, and covered with a glade of scattering trees and bushes on the very margin of the water, opens both ways the most delicious view, that my eyes ever beheld. Behind you are the magnificent heights of...
Page 193 - Keswick, would require the united powers of Claude, Salvator, and Poussin. The first should throw his delicate sunshine over the cultivated vales, the scattered cots, the groves, the lake, and wooded islands. The second should dash out the horror of the rugged cliffs, the steeps, the hanging woods, and foaming water-falls; while the grand pencil of Poussin should crown the whole with the majesty of the impending mountains.
Page 209 - Just opposite to you is a large farm-house at the bottom of a steep smooth lawn embosomed in old woods, which climb half way up the mountain's side, and discover above them a broken line of crags, that crown the scene.
Page 201 - ... barred all access to the dale (for this is the only road) till they could work their way through it. Luckily no one was passing at the time of this fall ; but down the side of the mountain...
Page 201 - Borrowdale; the grass was covered with a hoar-frost, which soon melted and exhaled in a thin blueish smoke; crossed the meadows, obliquely catching a diversity of views among the hills over the lake and islands, and changing prospect at every ten paces. Left Cockshut...
Page 263 - Refresh'd with gentle winds, and brown with shade, The chaste Diana's private haunt, there stood Full in the centre of the darksome wood A spacious grotto, all around o'er-grown , With hoary moss, and arch'd with pumice-stone, From out its rocky clefts the waters flow, And trickling swell into a lake below. Nature had every where so play'd her part, That every where she seem'd to vic with art.

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