The South in Prose and Poetry

The South in Prose and Poetry

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...up to Nature's God!" Who could be a skeptic in a Scene like this, where the hand of the "Great Architect" is so manifest in the glories of his creation? A feeling of profound gratitude filled my bosom that-my eyes had dwelt upon this glorious mountain-world, and that within my memory it would be a joy forever. Higher and higher we went, until we perceived near us the little cross marking the highest point of the road, six thousand five hundred and seventy eight feet above the level of the sea. Although the elevation was so great, the atmosphere was pleasantly warm, and the air so pure and clear, objects exceedingly distant seemed incredibly near. Across a gray, barren plain we drove to a large hospice, commenced by the command of Napoleon, and since completed. It is occupied by friars of the Augustine order. They give shelter to travelers during periods of stormy weather. We saw there the dogs of the great St. Bernard; they are almost as large as a well-grown calf, and are covered with thick, shaggy hair. Father Barras came out to speak with us. He is noted for his kindness to strangers, and has a most benevolent face. Along the Simplon road there are six houses of refuge for "the traveler worn and weary." They are most valuable asylums, for the tempests often arise so suddenly it would bejimpossible to escape certain destruction were not these places of protection wisely placed within the reach of the wayfarer. Then the avalanches occur when the "heavens are brightest." We heard the-crushing sound of one, but it was happily far away from us in a distant valley. The houses of refuge are built with massive walls and furnished with an abundance of fire-wood. Some few are occupied by miserable...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236914163
  • 9781236914163