Hand-book for travellers in France [by J. Murray. 1st] 3rd-14th, 16th, 18th ed

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Page 486 - I do not remember to have gone ten paces without an exclamation that there was no restraining: not a precipice, not a torrent, not a cliff, but is pregnant with religion and poetry. There are certain scenes that would awe an atheist into belief, without the help of other argument.
Page 455 - In midnight darkness, whisper'd my last sigh. I whisper'd what should echo through their realms; Nor writ her name, whose tomb should pierce the skies.
Page 455 - Denied the charity of dust, to spread O'er dust ! a charity their dogs enjoy. What could I do? what succour? what resource? With pious sacrilege, a grave I stole ; With impious piety, that grave I wrong'd ; Short in my duty ; coward in my grief!
Page 116 - The choir has double aisles, and ends in a hemicycle towards the east ; in the inside 8 marble bas reliefs, of scriptural subjects, mediocre in design and execution, are inserted, and behind the high altar is a huge piece of marble sculpture, in the taste of the time of Louis XIII., out of character with the building.
Page 100 - It is a grand and picturesque ruin, occupying a commanding position at the extremity of the town, where the platform is cut into a narrow promontory by gullies which isolate it on 3 sides, rendering it a place of great strength. To this it was indebted for the 9 sieges which it had to sustain. The approach to it is behind the modern H. de Ville. A college or grammar-school has been established within the outer court, and occupies a chapel said to be of the 12th cent.
Page 19 - The mind is filled and elevated by its enormous height (140 ft.), its lofty and many - coloured clerestory, its grand proportions, its noble simplicity. The proportion of height to breadth is almost double that to which we are accustomed in English cathedrals ; the lofty, solid piers, which bear up this height, are far more massive in their plan than the light and graceful clusters of our English churches, each of them being a cylinder with 4 engaged columns.
Page 77 - Normandie, are finely formed, fully grown, and handsomer than in most other parts of France. The principal street, in which are the best shops, is the Rue St. Jean. Froissart narrates the story of the capture of Caen in 1346, a short while before the battle of Crecy by Edward III.
Page 113 - He whose journey lies from Versailles to Chevreuse, will soon find himself at the brow of a steep cleft or hollow, intersecting the monotonous plain across which he has been passing. The brook which winds through the verdant meadows beneath him, stagnates into a large pool, reflecting the...
Page 455 - And when blind man pronounced thy bliss complete ! And on a foreign shore ! where strangers wept ! Strangers to thee ; and, more surprising still, Strangers to kindness, wept : their eyes let fall Inhuman tears : strange tears ! that trickled down From marble hearts ! obdurate tenderness ! A tenderness that call'd them more severe ; In spite of nature's soft persuasion, steel'd : While nature melted, superstition raved ; That mourn'd the dead, and this denied a grave. Their sighs incens'd ; sighs...
Page 16 - was certainly not a very pleasant place that morning ; but," he added, " it is not my wish to injure the poor inhabitants, and the town is spared as much as the nature of the service will admit.

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