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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...succession of pictures
First, the mowers, stooping over their scythes, and moving, with
measured paces, through the early morning mists, interrupted, at
intervals, by the freshening music of the whetstone. Then, blithe
companies of both sexes, ranged in regular array, and moving
lengthwise and across the meadow, each with the same action, and
the ridges rising or disappearing behind them as they go: --There
are forty moving like one. Then, again, when the fragrant crop is
nearly fit to be gathered in, and lies, piled up, in duskycoloured
hillocks upon the yellow sward, while here and there, beneath the
shade of a 'hedge-row elm, ' or braving the open sunshine in the
centre of the scene, sunburnt groups are seated in circles at their
noonday meal, enjoying that ease which nothing but labour can
generate. And, lastly, when man and nature, mutually assisting each
other, have completed the work of preparation, and the cart stands
still to receive its last forkful; while the horse, almost hidden
beneath his apparently overwhelming load, lifts up his patient head
sideways to pick a mouthful, and all about stand the labourers,
leaning listlessly on their implements, and eying the completion of
their work. What sweet pastoral pictures are here the last, in
particular, is prettier to look upon than anything else, not
excepting one of Wouvermann's imitations of it." It is at this
season that we can peculiarly feel the beauty of the charming lines
of Milton: --As one who, long in populous city pent, Where houses
thick and sewers annoy the air, Forth issuing, on a summer's morn,
to breathe Among the pleasant villages and farms Adjoin'd, from
each thing met conceives delight; The smell of grain, or tedded
grass, or kine, Or dairy, each rural sight, ...
|Country of origin:
Thomas Sedgwick Whalley
• William Henry Harvey
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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