Sketches of Germany and the Germans: With a Glance at Poland, Hungary, & Switzerland, in 1834, 1835, and 1836

Whittaker & Company, 1836 - 365 pages

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Page 53 - And- — but for that sad shrouded eye, That fires not, wins not, weeps not, now, And but for that chill, changeless brow, Where cold Obstruction's apathy Appals the gazing mourner's heart, As if to him it could impart The doom he dreads, yet dwells upon ; Yes, but for these and these alone, Some moments, aye, one treacherous hour, He still might doubt the Tyrant's power...
Page 53 - Appals the gazing mourner's heart, As if to him it could impart The doom he dreads, yet dwells upon; Yes, but for these and these alone, Some moments, ay, one treacherous hour, He still might doubt the tyrant's power; So fair, so calm, so softly seal'd, The first, last look by death reveal'd!
Page 283 - He amused not a little the large circle that had gathered round him on the evening I first met him, with anecdotes of my lion-hunting countrymen. During the travelling season, he informed us, he frequently received a dozen notes in a day, each requesting the honour of an interview. The best bust of this distinguished man is by Rauch, and his portrait by Kolbe, of Diisseldorf, is a very accurate likeness.
Page 234 - ... cliffs, cut and intersected like those already described. From the farther bank, the plain gradually elevates itself into an irregular amphitheatre, terminated by a lofty, but rounded range of mountains. The striking feature is, that in the bosom of this amphitheatre, a plain of the most varied beauty, huge columnar hills start up at once from the ground, at great distances from each other, overlooking, in lonely and solemn grandeur, each its own portion of the domain. They are monuments which...
Page 208 - ... they excel both in vocal and instrumental ; and not a few of the natives travel to Italy, acquire the language, Italianize their names, and make large fortunes in Vienna. The harp appears to a stranger their native instrument ; for we meet with itinerant harpists in every part of the country, whose strains generally accompany the mid-day repast at every inn, however s,mall, whether in the capital or the provinces. Their language, which is rich and expressive, is also musical, and sounds as pleasing...
Page 156 - Perhaps no distinctive trait of manners more characterizes both than their humiliating mode of acknowledging a kindness, their expression of gratitude being the servile "Upadam do nog" (I fall at your feet), which is no figure of speech, for they will literally throw themselves down and kiss your feet for the trilling donation of a few halfpence.
Page 246 - ... amphitheatre of gentle slopes, laid out in vineyards, decked with an endless succession of villages and villas, and shut in, towards the south, by the summits of the Sachsische Schweitz, a branch of the mountains of Bohemia. • The royal palace — but who can tell what the royal palace of Dresden is ? it is composed of so many pieces, running up one street, and down another, and so carefully is every part concealed that might have looked respectable. One sees no order ; the eye traces no connexion...
Page 23 - Germany enter from a small side-door, and perform the ceremony of inaugurating the Emperor, who is seated upon a throne in front. Another door is then opened, and Christ appears, when, after receiving his benediction, the whole cavalcade retires amidst a flourish of trumpets by a choir of augels.
Page 365 - Wilhelmshb'he, at Cassel, may be distinctly seen, together with the towns of Brunswick and Wolfenbiittel. The surrounding country is also exceedingly interesting, as it affords numerous excursions, and at the same time a fund of amusement to the imaginative tourist ; for he is now in the region of enchantment, and every hill, glen, and wood, has been the theatre of some supernatural legend.
Page 207 - R., and generally averaging between seven and ten ; while during the greatest heat of summer the thermometer seldom rises above twenty-three. Dr. Stultz, a celebrated German physician, who has written upon the relative salubrity of German towns, considers Prague one of the most healthy in the empire...

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