The Wye tour, or Gilpin on the Wye

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Page 21 - There is an easy ascent to the top, and the view far preferable to that on Castle-hill (which you remember) because this is lower and nearer to the Lake: for I find all points that are much elevated spoil the beauty of the valley, and make its parts (which are not large) look poor and diminutive.
Page 48 - ... on the left, and is the .grand feature of the view. It is not a broad fractured face of rock; but. rather a woody hill, from which large rocky projections in two or three places, burst out, rudely hung with twisting branches and...
Page 27 - Nature is always great in design, but unequal in composition. She is an admirable colourist; and can harmonize her tints with infinite variety, and inimitable beauty: but is seldom so correct in composition, as to produce an harmonious whole. Either the foreground, or the background, is disproportioned: or some awkward line runs across the piece: or a tree is illplaced: or a bank is formal: or something, or other is not exactly what it should be.
Page 13 - ... a greater rapidity, and more agitation to a certain degree are animating; but in excess, instead of wakening, they alarm the senses; the roar and the rage of a torrent, its force, its violence, its impetuosity, tend to inspire terror; that terror, which, whether as cause or effect, is so nearly allied to sublimity...
Page 49 - Teurist, p 4:37, twisting branches and shaggy furniture, which, like mane round the lion's head, give a more savage air to these wild exhibitions of nature. Near the top, a pointed fragment of solitary rock, rising above the rest, has rather a fantastic appearance ; but it is not without its effect in marking the scene. — A great master in landscape has adorned an imaginary view with a circumstance exactly similar.
Page 36 - Rure-dean-church unfolds itself next; which is a scene of great grandeur. Here, both sides of the river are steep, and both woody; but in one the woods are intermixed with rocks. The deep umbrage of the forest of Dean occupies the front; and the spire of the church rises among the trees. The reach of the river, which exhibits this scene, is long; and, of...
Page 74 - A more pleasing retreat could not easily be found. The woods and glades intermixed; the winding of the river; the variety of the ground; the splendid ruin, contrasted with the objects of nature; and the elegant line formed by the summits of the hills, which include the whole; make all together a very enchanting piece of scenery.
Page 170 - He sat in the hall of his shells in Lochlin's woody land. He called the grey-haired Snivan, that often sung round the circle of Loda : when the stone of power heard his voice, and battle turned in the field of the valiant ! "Go, grey-haired Snivan," Starno said, "go to Ardven's sea-surrounded rocks.
Page 51 - ... ore, with coal, and with cinders; the fuel for it is brought down a path, worn into steps, narrow and steep, and winding among precipices, and near it is an open space of barren moor, about which are scattered the huts of the workmen.
Page 12 - ... a .gloom, which no art can dissipate, nor even the sunshine disperse. A gently murmuring rill, clear and shallow, just gurgling, just dimpling, imposes silence, suits with solitude, and leads to meditation...

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