Observations on the Western Parts of England: Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty; to which are Added, a Few Remarks on the Picturesque Beauties of the Isle of Wight, Volume 6

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T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1798 - England - 359 pages

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Page 340 - The sum is this. If man's convenience, health, Or safety interfere, his rights and claims Are paramount, and must extinguish theirs. Else they are all — the meanest things that are, As free to live, and to enjoy that life, As God was free to form them at the first, Who in his sovereign wisdom made them all.
Page 211 - A flood of glory bursts from all the skies: The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight, Eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light. So many flames before proud Ilion blaze, And lighten glimmering Xanthus with their rays: The long reflections of the distant fires Gleam on the walls, and tremble on the spires.
Page 226 - The care of this important beacon is committed to four men ; two of whom take the charge of it by turns, and are relieved every six weeks. But as it often happens, especially in stormy weather, that boats cannot touch at the Eddystone for many months, a proper quantity of salt provision is always laid up, as in a ship victualled for a long voyage. In high winds, such a briny atmosphere surrounds this gloomy...
Page 223 - That led the sailor through the stormy way, Was from its rocky roots by billows torn, And the high turret in the whirlwind borne, Fleets bulg'd their sides against the craggy land, And pitchy ruins blacken 'd all the strand.
Page 224 - The case of one of these poor fellows, who was above ninety years of age, was singular. As he had been endeavouring to extinguish the fire in the cupola, where it first raged, and was looking up, the melted lead from the roof came trickling down upon his face and shoulders. At...
Page 83 - Regions like this, which have come down to us rude and untouched from the beginning of time, fill the mind with grand conceptions, far beyond the efforts of art and cultivation. Impressed by such views of nature, our ancestors worshipped the God of nature in those boundless scenes, which gave them the highest notions of eternity.
Page 94 - Let loofe the raging elements. Breath'd hot, From all the boundlefs furnace of the fky, And the wide glittering wafte of burning fand, A fuffocating wind the pilgrim fmites With inftant death. Patient of thirft and toil, Son of the defert ! even the camel feels, Shot thro' his wither'd heart, the fiery blaft.
Page 226 - ... intervals, the two forlorn inhabitants keep close quarters, and are obliged to live in darkness and stench ; listening to the howling storm, excluded in every emergency, from the least hope of assistance, and without any earthly comfort, but what is administered from their confidence in the strength of the building in which they are immured. Once, on relieving this forlorn guard, one of the men was found dead, his companion choosing rather to shut himself up with a putrifying carcase, than, by...
Page 324 - Charles wrung his hand with affection, and pulling his watch out of his pocket, gave it to him, faying, ' That is all my gratitude has to give.' " This watch is ftill preferved in the family. It is of filver, large and clumfy in its form. The case is neatly ornamented with filigree; but the movements are of very ordinary workmanfhip, and wound up with catgut.
Page 225 - The door of this ingenious piece of architecture is only the size of a ship's gun-port ; and the windows are mere loop-holes — denying light, to exclude wind. When the tide swells above the foundation of the building, the lighthouse makes the odd appearance of a structure emerging from the waves. But sometimes a wave rises above the very top of it, and, circling round, the whole looks like a column of water, till it breaks into foam, and subsides.

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