The Forester's Offering

The Forester's Offering

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: we cross Gleadthorpe Open into Birkland, and lets the pure sunshine in a silent flood through the long glades, till every vacuity in the Forest is filled with its cheering influence, and every object enlivened and beautified by its warmth and brightness. Leaving the Major Oak about quarter of a mile to the right, a cross-glade speedily brings us to a spot which, for distinction's sake, we will call the " Seven Dials," since seven streets of this mighty sylvan city diverge from it. There can be little choice as to which of these paths we must take--all are paths of pleasantness, of loveliness, and of grandeur. No, there is no choice; so take William Howitt's plan in such circumstances--set your stick on end, and we will follow the direction of its fall, which is, as it happens, to the north-west. He, as I observed to you before, who loves the awful as well as the beautiful, may gratify his feelings here in every gradation from one to the other--or even in the blending of both at once. Ferns, in endless profusion, form a ground-work, far as the eye can pierce through the light openings, where young birches shake their sunlit locks as in a wild and happy dance; around which, in natural yet almost regular circles, other birches of matronly growth and grace bend their silvery forms, and pensively smile in remembrance of their own bright days of youthful frolic here revived before them; while huge conservative oaks of different ages, and in all attitudes, from the wildly fantastic to the terribly majestic, contemplate the orgie from various distances, as though it were a contemptible intrusion upon their own ancient prerogative of awful peace. Yet turn, and take but three steps, and the scene is utterly changed. Here, more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893212
  • 9781236893215