A Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Buckinghamshire [Signed J.L.]

A Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Buckinghamshire [Signed J.L.]

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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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...in the pleasant country our souls seem to escape from their thraldom, everything around whispers to us of brighter joys and happier hours, and we carry back with us to the toiling city, influences that brighten and cheer our lonely hearts on many a day of sorrow and of gloom. But our guide has brought us the key, and entering the little gateway, we walk to where the poet was interred--with no friendly hand to close his eyes or write an epitaph "that should teach the rustic moralist how to die." It is a slab of dark stone, broken by the lightning, which has left its devastating trace across the smooth surface. Here, amid the scenes so celebrated by his genius, with the gentle breeze ever singing his lonely dirge, and beneath the shade of the "ivy-mantled tower" in which he had so often joined in praise and prayer, the poet takes his last sleep. Silenced now is the gifted brain that once teemed with noble thoughts, his last words are forgotten, but the creations of his fancy still live to gladden and bless us with their heartmoving influences, and long after we have passed away--long after our mouldering dust is sleeping in the silence of the tomb, will other votaries come to worship at the shrine. Perchance may come some who are heirs of fame--some poet who may gather aiding impulses to cheer him on his life's road, so thorny and so grand. We turned and entered the little church, passing beneath its ancient porch, that in the true spirit of old H religion, stretched out its shade to welcome us. It is a small building, with large and massive arches supporting the time-honored roof of dark oak, which has so often echoed to the supplications for mercy to the Eternal Being. There were large pews, too, --relics of the last...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488326
  • 9781236488329