Western Woods and Waters: Poems and Illustrative Notes

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Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864 - 419 էջ

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Էջ 380 - Its length was between four and five feet. Having remained outstretched for some time, at last it moved slowly away, the Indians following it, and still addressing it by the title of grandfather, beseeching it to take care of their families during their absence, and to be pleased to open the heart of Sir William Johnson, so that he might show them charity, and fill their canoe with rum.
Էջ 41 - And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea like a man's hand.
Էջ 205 - Rock' has been given, from its striking resemblance to the jib and mainsail of a sloop when spread — so much so that when viewed from a distance, with a full glare of light upon it, while the cliff in the rear is left in the shade, the illusion is perfect. The height of the block is about forty feet. " Masses of rock are frequently...
Էջ 203 - French-grey predominating. There are also, bright blues and greens, though less frequent. All of the tints are fresh, brilliant and distinct, and harmonize admirably with one another, which, taken in connection with the grandeur of the arched and caverned surfaces on which they are laid, and the deep and pure green of the water which heaves and swells at the base, and the rich foliage which waves above, produce an effect truly wonderful.
Էջ 203 - Miners' river, that their striking peculiarities are observed. Here, the coast makes an abrupt turn to the eastward, and just at the point where the rocks break off and the friendly sand-beach begins, is seen one of the grandest works of nature in her rock-built architecture.
Էջ 331 - ... was ; but, when daylight visited my chamber, I discovered with some feelings of horror that I was lying on nothing less than a heap of human bones and skulls, which covered all the floor.
Էջ 204 - Between the bands, or strata, of thick-bedded sandstone, there are thin seams of shaly materials which are more or less charged with the metallic oxides, iron largely predominating, with here and there a trace of copper. As the surface-water permeates through the porous strata, it comes in contact with these shaly bands, and, oozing out from the exposed edges, trickles down the face of the cliffs and leaves behind a sediment, colored according to the oxide which is contained in the band in which...
Էջ 355 - This, however, could not have been the case, as at every step in the process of excavation the height of the precipice, the hardness of the materials at its base, and the quantity of fallen matter to be removed, must have varied. At some points it may have receded much faster than at present, at others much slower, and it would be scarcely possible to decide whether its average progress has been more or less rapid than now.
Էջ 205 - ... surf, since they were, in numerous instances, observed extending in all their freshness to the very water's edge. " Proceeding to the eastward of the Amphitheatre, we find the cliffs scooped out into caverns and grotesque openings, of the most striking and beautiful variety of forms. In some places huge blocks of sandstone have become dislodged and accumulated at the base of the cliff, where they are ground up and the fragments borne away by the ceaseless action of the surge. " To a striking...
Էջ 360 - ... the little bird meets with pleasure and with food. Its gorgeous throat in beauty and brilliancy baffles all competition. Now it glows with a fiery hue, and again it is changed to the deepest velvety black. The upper parts of its delicate body are of resplendent changing green...

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