Country Sketches for City Dwellers

Country Sketches for City Dwellers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...consummately described by Tennyson in his early poem, ' Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere ' ' In crystal vapour everywhere Blue isles of heaven laughed between, And, far in forest deeps unseen, The topmost elm-tree gathered green From draughts of balmy air. ' Then, in the boyhood of the year, Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere Rode through the coverts of the deer, With blissful treble ringing clear.' Yes, the cool fragrance and repose of the forest at this enchanted time of the year, does indeed tell a tale to the imagination, of this fair country of dreams, while the fairy-book of Nature is spread out before us for our reading and refreshment, and we may fancy ourselves for a brief space in Arcadia, amongst happy beasts and birds, the deer, the throstle, the nightingale, the squirrel, and brighthued insects, who may live out their happy. innocent lives, free from fear and danger. Through this summer woodland there winds a little stream, sometimes taking a bend round the roots of a giant beech which stands up high on the bank, and shadows the pool below with the dark layers of its foliage; then rippling over the shallows of a gravelly bed, where the water runs clear as crystal, showing the yellow pebbles and bright green weeds beneath it. The bank is sometimes of golden or red sand, or sometimes covered with soft moss, or tiny leaves of ivy, or hidden under tall fronds of bracken. In the early spring, hazels hang their pale yellow catkins over the stream, and the willow puts out its buds of sweet-scented ' palm.' The wild-rose bushes reflect their flowers in the still spaces of water, and as the petals drop. they are carried away down the stream, while the may-flies and dragon-flies hover just...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764129
  • 9781236764126