A Visit to Iceland

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J. Murray, 1835 - Iceland - 320 pages

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Page 307 - The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword; The expectancy and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion and the mould of form, The observed of all observers, quite, quite down!
Page 243 - All that we feel of it begins and ends In the small circle of our foes or friends; To all beside as much an empty shade, An Eugene living as a Caesar dead; Alike or when or where, they shone or shine, . Or on the Rubicon or on the Rhine.
Page 12 - Fill'd with the face of heaven, which, from afar, Comes down upon the waters; all its hues, From the rich sunset to the rising star, Their magical variety diffuse: And now they change ; a paler shadow strews Its mantle o'er the mountains; parting day Dies like the dolphin, whom each pang imbues •*> With a new colour as it gasps away, The last still loveliest, — till — 'tis gone — and all is gray.
Page 86 - The raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty ! make thick my blood ; Stop up...
Page 240 - Though poor the peasant's hut, his feasts though small, He sees his little lot the lot of all ; Sees no contiguous palace rear its head, To shame the meanness of his humble shed ; No costly lord the sumptuous banquet deal, To make him loathe his vegetable meal : But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil, Each wish contracting, fits him to the soil.
Page 233 - God, the father of slaughter, the God that carrieth desolation and fire ; the active and roaring deity, he who giveth victory and reviveth courage in the conflict ; who names those that are to be slain*.
Page 247 - The door is not quite four feet in height, and the room may be about eight feet in length by six in breadth. At the inner end is the poet's bed, and close to the door, over against a small window not exceeding two feet square, ia a table where he commits to paper the effusions of his muse.
Page 243 - Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise, (That last infirmity of nohle minds,) To scorn delights, and live laborious days.
Page 287 - Scarcely any manufactures are carried on as a trade ; every branch of industry is domestic, and confined chiefly to articles of clothing, such as wadmel, or coarse cloth, gloves, mittens, and stockings. The peasants are generally ingenious, and make such articles of furniture as their simple cottages require; some even make trinkets of silver, &c., and fabricate snuff-boxes, and a few other articles from wolves...
Page 246 - Ever since I came into this world I have been wedded to Poverty, who has now hugged me to her bosom these seventy winters, all but two ; and whether we shall ever be separated here below is only known to Him who joined us together.

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