The book of North Wales

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Page 222 - I held a tower in France, till all the old women in Wales heard of it; and now the old women of France shall hear how I defended the Welsh castle.
Page 178 - I took much pains to see this prospect to advantage ; sat up at a farm on the west till about twelve, and walked up the whole way. The night was remarkably fine and starry ; towards morn the stars faded away, and left a short interval of darkness, which was soon dispersed by the dawn of day. The body of the sun appeared most distinct, with the rotundity of the moon, before it rose high enough to render its beams too brilliant for our sight. The sea, which bounded the western part, was gilded by its...
Page 193 - Land of the whirlpool, — torrent, — foam, Where oceans meet in madd'ning shock ; The beetling cliff, — the shelving holm, — The dark insidious rock. Land of the bleak,— the treeless moor, — The sterile mountain, sered and riven, — The shapeless cairn, the ruined tower, Scathed by the bolts of heaven, — The yawning gulf, — the treacherous sand, — I love thee still, MY NATIVE LAND. Land of the dark, — the Runic rhyme, — The mystic ring, — the cavern hoar, — The Scandinavian...
Page 178 - We saw more and more, till the heat became so powerful as to attract the mists from the various lakes, which in a slight degree obscured the prospect. The shadow of the mountain was flung many miles, and showed its bicapitated form; the Wyddfa making one, Crib y Distill the other.
Page 179 - Very often a gust of wind formed an opening in the clouds, which gave a fine and distinct vista of lake and valley. Sometimes they opened only in one place ; at others, in many at once, exhibiting a most strange and perplexing sight of water, fields, rocks, or chasms, in fifty different places.
Page 41 - In conformity to ancient usage ; from a proper regard to decency, and a concern for the health of his fellow-creatures, he was moved to give particular directions for being buried in the adjoining church-yard, and not in the church.
Page 134 - I have seen no town where the military works of art are so happily blended with the picturesque features of nature; and no spot which the artist will at first sight view with greater rapture, or quit with greater reluctance.
Page 250 - Talyllyn and Llanfihangel, in the county of Merioneth : — " I visited many cottages in Talyllyn, and the adjoining parish of Llanfihangel. The house accommodation is wretched. The cottages are formed of a few loose fragments of rock and shale piled together, without mortar or whitewash. The floors are of earth, the roofs are wattled, and many of these hovels have no window.
Page 284 - To these two competent authorities Mr. Stephenson subsequently added one of his own confidential assistants, Mr. Edwin Clark, a practical engineer of the highest mathematical attainments, who regularly recorded and reported to Mr. Stephenson the result of every experiment, — to whom the construction and lifting of the Britannia galleries were eventually solely intrusted, — and by whom an elaborate description of that work is about to be published.* The practicability of Mr.
Page 177 - I am firmly persuaded that, in some parts of it, if a person held a large stone in each hand, and let them both fall at once, each would roll above a quarter of a mile, and thus, when they stopped, be more than half a mile asunder.

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