Art and Nature at Home and Abroad Volume 1

Art and Nature at Home and Abroad Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...Deveril, who loved the chase dearly, and died, hunted to death, under his bloody banner by the mill of Azincour. This is the green, wavering light that is swept away at noon by the effacing glory of a golden net of sunbeams, what time the parting sun circles the brow of the kneeling alabaster lady, when the long, dark shadows seem to point, with waving, spectral fingers, to the tombstones in the chancel, as if to warn us of some treasure of old church chalices glimmering behind bony shelves of skeletons in the dark vault below, where jewelled crosses shine on the breasts of embalmed abbots, who still, with hands spotted with blood and wine, cling fast to the crozier, but have long since dropped the cross. In June sunsets you must know these poplars glow like torches, burning with ascending and pointed flames, keen, swift, glorious, and imperishable as those that lapped the mountain-cypress on Hebron. Then the orangecrusted tiles of the Deveril aisle, shine as if they were gold-plated, till night comes and lays her black hand upon them, and transmutes them to the baser clay. Then the worn brasses on the south transept wall, glitter as if just gilded by the foolish herald, and the straggling rays, shooting hither and thither like arrows fired in joy, light up quaint legends, carved round the dead monk's bells, that hang black and sullen from the worm-eaten wood beams in the belfry-chamber, where the swallows nestle, and the peaceful doves coo and murmur. It is in this high haunt, half open to the air, that lurks and listens for the rough music, that the clattering starlings guard their sapphire-coloured eggs, as if they were as many well-known talismans. Not far off, are the white-flashing swallows; they were, we know of old, vassals of Sheba, more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644522
  • 9781236644527