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world had grown six years older since that night of the return. It
was a warm autumn afternoon, and there had been heavy rain. The sun
burst suddenly from among the clouds: and the old battle-ground,
sparkling brilliantly and cheerfully at sight of it in one green
place, flashed a responsive welcome there, which spread along the
country-side as if a joyful beacon had been lighted up, and
answered from a thousand stations. How beautiful the landscape
kindling in the light, and that luxuriant influence passing on like
a celestial presence, brighteningeverything! The wood, a sombre
mass before, revealed its varied tints of yellow, green, brown,
red; its different forms of trees, with raindrops glittering on
their leaves and twinkling as they fell. The verdant meadow-land,
bright and glowing, seemed as if it had been blind a minute since,
and now had found a sense of sight wherewith to look up at the
shining sky. Cornfields, hedge-rows, fences, homesteads, the
clustered roofs, the steeple of the church, the stream, the
watermill, all sprang out of the gloomy darkness, smiling. Birds
sang sweetly, flowers raised their drooping heads, fresh scents
arose from the invigorated ground; the blue expanse above, extended
and diffused itself; already the sun's slanting rays pierced
mortally the sullen bank of cloud that lingered in its flight; and
a rainbow, spirit of all the colours that adorned the earth and
sky, spanned the whole arch with its triumphant glory. At such a
time, one little roadside Inn, snugly sheltered behind a great
elm-tree with a rare seat for idlers encircling its capacious bole,
addressed a cheerful front towards the traveller, as a house of
entertainment ought, and tempted him with many mute but significant
assurances of a comfortable welcome. The ruddy ...
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