Picturesque excursions; containing views at and near places of popular resort; with descriptions of each locality

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Page 223 - tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air, Show scarce so gross as beetles : Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon...
Page 223 - Appear like mice; and yon' tall anchoring bark, Diminish'd to her cock; her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: The murmuring surge, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes, Cannot be heard so high: — I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight Topple down headlong.
Page 216 - by a strange coincidence of circumstances, plainly shew its age ; for it is (at almost all Roman buildings usually are) composed, indeed, of long, thin, irregular bricks ; but in the intermediate courses, as no quarries of stone were immediately at hand, both the facing, and a great part of the interior substance of the wall, was filled up, not, as might have been expected, with flints, and chalk rubbish, from the neighbouring country, but with a harder, and more effectual lasting substance than...
Page 216 - ... filled up, not, as might have been expected, with flints, and chalk rubbish, from the neighbouring country, but with a harder, and more effectual lasting substance than chalk, though lighter, and fitter for carriage : — for it is filled up, in a most unusual manner, with masses of hard stalactitical incrustations, cut into blocks of various dimensions, that could not well have been met with nearer than the more northern coasts on the east side of this Island, where they abound in great numbers...
Page 86 - When it is first taken up in a large glass, its particles continue at rest, till it is warmed to nearly the heat of the atmosphere; then a few airy globules begin to separate themselves and adhere to the sides of the vessel : and, in a few hours more, a light copper-coloured scum begins to swim on the surface; after which, an ochreous sediment settles at the bottom.
Page 28 - The sides of this tremendous chasm are little short of five hundred feet high, but shelving; and a spring, which has its rise on the summit, winds slowly down to the sea. It is said to have received its name from a gang of pirates, who formerly made it a place of residence. It has a more savage and barbarous appearance than Shanklin Chine, and not a bush is to be seen on any part of the mouldering...
Page 115 - The State Canopy, with its appendages, was used by the Duke of Dorset, during the time he was Ambassador at the Court of Louis XVI. The Treasurer's Official Chest belonged to the first Earl of Dorset. The KINO'S BED ROOM, is so called from having been prepared for the reception of James I.
Page 161 - ... Purbeck stone; and beneath, galleries are constructed, with flights of steps leading to the water, for the convenience of embarkation. Over each cluster of piles are erected two cast-iron towers, twenty-five feet high, united by an arch.
Page 103 - Rocks is luani" festly an ancient shore — a line of clifis that for ages bore the " brunt of the waves, when the valleys of the Weald were filled " by the waters of the ocean, and the forest ridge was an island " in an exclusive archipelago. In many other parts of the country, " the escarpment of the sandstone presents a similar appearance.
Page 63 - On the third side, opposite to the entrance, is the south wall of the church, with the apertures of the windows, no longer decked with storied glass, nor contributing by their gloom to superstitious devotion. " Where legendary saints and martyrs, on the ornamented panes, once testified the zeal of the founder and the skill...

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