The Spanish Conscript and His Family: A Tale of Napoleon's Campaign in Russia

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Page 19 - To him the porter openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice.
Page 102 - He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need : If thou sorrow, he will weep; If thou wake, he cannot sleep ; Thus of every grief in heart He with thee doth bear a part. These are certain signs to know Faithful friend from flattering foe.
Page 90 - Than the perishing dead \vho are past all pain. There is something of pride in the perilous hour, Whate'er be the shape in which death may lower ; For Fame is there to say who bleeds, And Honour's eye on daring deeds! But when all is past, it is humbling to tread O'er the weltering field of the...
Page 15 - I saw no place for fire, but they have it, since they dress here the flesh of their sheep, and in the night sometimes keep off the bears by whirling firebrands : four of them, belonging to the flock mentioned above, lie here. , I viewed their flock very carefully, and, by means of our guide and interpreter, made some inquiries of the shepherds, which they answered readily and very civilly.
Page 18 - I desired the shepherd to catch one of his rams, I supposed he would do it with his crook, or probably not be able to do it at all ; but he walked into the flock, and, singling out a ram and a goat, bid them follow him, which they did immediately ; and he talked to them while they were obeying him, holding out his hand as if to give them something. By this method he brought me the ram, which I caught and held without difficulty.
Page 16 - English) a-year for the pasturage of this flock of 2000 sheep. In the winter he sends them into the lower part of Catalonia, a journey of twelve or thirteen days ; and when the snow is melted in the spring, they are conducted back again. They are the whole year kept in motion, and moving from spot to spot, which is owing to the great range they everywhere have of pasture.
Page 17 - ... them. I examined the sheep attentively. They are in general polled, but some have horns, which, in the rams, turn backwards behind the ears, and project half a circle forward : the ewes' horns turn also behind the ears, but do not project ; the legs white or reddish ; speckled faces, some white, some reddish ; they would weigh fat, I reckon on an average, from 15 Ib.
Page 14 - Poterium sanguisorba), and the narrowleaved plantain ( Plantago lanceolata), were eaten, as may be supposed, close. I looked for trefoils, but found scarcely any. It was very apparent that soil and peculiarity of herbage had little to do in rendering these heights proper for sheep. In the northern parts of Europe, the tops of mountains half the height of these (for we were above snow in July) are bogs ; all are so, which I have seen in our islands ; or, at least, the proportion of dry land is very...
Page 13 - On the northern ridge, bearing to the west, are the pastures of the Spanish flocks. This ridge is not, however, the whole ; there are two other mountains quite in a different situation, and the sheep travel from one to another as the pasturage is short or plentiful.
Page 116 - His cure, when all things fail. No noise is heard, Save when the rugged bear and the gaunt wolf Howl in the upper region...

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