Antigua and the Antiguans Volume I

Antigua and the Antiguans Volume I

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Excerpt: ... illumination, the windows are thrown open to admit the evening air, and the fair inhabitants amuse themselves by playing upon harpsichords, or similar musical instruments, "Blue Bells of Scotland," "Home, Sweet Home," and other popular melodies. CHAPTER XVI. Scenery of Antigua - Pilgrimage to "Tom Moore's Spring" - The Goddess Mnemosyne - Fig-Tree Hill - The "Bower of Bliss" - "Old Road" - The Strand - The cross sexton - The parochial school - Old Road Church - Tomb of Col. Williams - Moravian settlement - Salt ponds - Copses - "Crab Hill" - Sandy Valley - The Valley Church - The rising moon - Arrival in town - Night, and night dreams. With respect to the scenery of Antigua, it is said to be neither "grand nor magnificent," that "its mountains are too much like mole-hills,"62 and in many other ways has it been depreciated; yet there are some spots of real beauty, which would strike the eye of even a painter or a poet. To see some of these to the greatest advantage, I would advise all such readers as have it in their power to take a drive or a ride (whichever they prefer) some fine morning to "Fig Tree Hill," and return by "Crab Hill." They will then meet with spots of such transcendent loveliness, as will cause the most unpoetic to exclaim, "Beautiful! beautiful!" But as some of my readers, perhaps, may never have the chance of taking such a tour, in pity to them, I will attempt to describe what I saw in my pilgrimage to "Tom Moore's Spring." It was a lovely morning (as most West India mornings are) when we started upon our journey. The sun shone bright and clear; indeed, far too clear for actual comfort, had we gone as "pilgrims grey," with "scalloped hat," and "sandled shoon," and resting on our "staves;" but we preferred the less romantic, but more pleasant way of...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236708512
  • 9781236708519