Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain; Particularily the High-lands of Scotland...

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R. Blamire, 1789
 

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Página 9 - Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish; A vapour sometime like a bear or lion, A tower'd citadel, a pendent rock, A forked mountain, or blue promontory With trees upon't, that nod unto the world, And mock our eyes with air.
Página 184 - And snatch'd o'er hill and dale, and wood and lawn. And verdant field, and darkening heath between, And villages embosom'd soft in trees, And spiry towns by surging columns mark'd Of household smoke, your eye excursive roams...
Página 100 - She assured him that he had been misinformed, and that Lord Selkirk had no service of plate. With great presence of mind, she then called for the butler's inventory, and convinced him on the spot of his mistake. At the same time she ordered wine. The officer drank her health politely ; and laying his hands on what plate he met with, went off without committing any wanton mischief.
Página 54 - At least from the justness of the representation, you are so entirely interested in the action, that the imagination is apt to run before the eye, and fancy a thousand emotions, both of hope and fear, which may -not really exist. The former appears the ruling passion ; but a cold damp sweat hangs evidently on the cheek, the effect of conflict.
Página 127 - ... the country ; the portentous noifes which every change of the wind, and every increafe and diminution of the waters, is apt to raife, in a lonely region, full of echoes, and...
Página 83 - We had the pool to walk round ; fb that we had them long in view, before we came near them. As we approached, they rofe and retired gently into the wood ; but gave us fufficient opportunity to examine them. There were two bulls, and feveral cows, and fome calves. They were milk white, except their nofes, ears, and the orbits of their eyes, •which were black. Boethius fpeaks of this breed of cattle, as bows candidijjimos ; in forma leonisjubam habentes; cast era manfuetisjimillimos: and Polidore...
Página 57 - A grand light falls beautifully upon his principal figure ; but it does not graduate sufficiently into the distant parts of the cave. The lions partake of it too much ; whereas had it been more sparingly thrown upon them, and only in some prominent parts, the effect would have been better, and the grandeur and horror of the scene more striking. Terrible heads standing out of the canvas, their bodies in obscurity, would have been noble imagery, and have left the imagination room to fancy unpictured...
Página 57 - ... forms — and terrific tendencies to fhape, which mock inveftigation. The mind ftartled into attention, fummons all her powers, dilates her capacity, and from a baffled effort to comprehend what exceeds the limits of her embrace, fhrinks back on herfelf with a kind of wild aftonimment, and fevere delight.
Página 127 - Long tracts of mountainous defert, covered with dark heath, and often obfcured by mifty weather ; narrow vallies, thinly inhabited, and bounded by precipices refounding with the fall of torrents ; a foil fo rugged, and a climate fo dreary, as in many parts to admit neither the...
Página 115 - Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you encrease the other. Variety is most a-kin to the latter, simplicity to the former. Suppose a large hill varied, by art, with large patches of different-coloured clumps, scars of rock, chalk-quarries, villages, or farm-houses ; you will have, perhaps, a more beautiful scene, but much less grand than it was before.

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