The Tourist in Wales; Views

The Tourist in Wales; Views

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...and the Usk, at the foot of the Derry, one of the hills sustaining the towering cone of the Sugar-Loaf, which gently inclines to the river. The castle and its delightful terrace overlooking the rich vale of Usk, its church abounding in costly sculptured tombs, and its beautiful mountains around, invest it with great interest. The castle is on an eminence near the southern extremity of the town. The gate-house is tolerably entire, and vestiges of two courts may be traced among the broken walls; but of the citadel no traces remain, although an entrenched mound, close to the ruins, evidently marks its site. The town was also fortified, and many portions of the work remain; particularly Tudor's Gate, the western entrance, which is furnished with two portcullises, and remarkable for the beautifully composed landscape seen through it. The castle is more remarkable for the delightful view which its elevated terrace commands over the beautiful vale of Usk, than for the form and extent of its ruins, which are by no means beautiful. "Here while I wake the reed beneath the brow Of the rent Norman tower that overhangs The lucid Usk, the undulating line That Nature loves. Whether with gentle bend She slopes the vale, or lifts the gradual hill, Winds the free rivulet, or down the bank Spreads the wild wood's luxuriant growth, or breaks With interrupting heights the even bound Of the outstretched horizon. Far and wide, Blackening the plain beneath, proud Blorenge lowers; Behind whose level length the western sun Dims his slope beam; there the opposed mount, Eastern of craggy Skyrrid, sacred soil, Oft trod by pilgrim foot. O'er the smooth swell Of Derry, glide the clouds, that gathering hang Round yon steep brow, amid the varied scene Towering aloft. more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544803
  • 9781236544803