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(without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS OP THE LATE
DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER. A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of
dreams that wave before the half-shut eye, And of gay castles in
the clouds that pass, For ever flushing round a summer sky. Castle
Of Indolence. IN the bosom of one of those spacious coves which
indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of
the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan
Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail, and implored
the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a
small market-town or rural port, which by some is called
Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the
name of Tarry Town. This name was given, we are told, in former
days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the
inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village
tavern on market-days. Be that as it may, I do not vouch for the
fact, but merely advert to it for the sake of being precise and
authentic. Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles,
there is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills,
which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small
brook glides through it, with just murmur enough to lull one to
repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail, or tapping of a
woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the
uniform tranquillity. I recollect that, when a stripling, my first
exploit in squirrel-shooting was in a grove of tall walnut-trees
that shades one side of the valley. I had wandered into it at
noontime, when all nature is peculiarly quiet, and was startled by
the roar of my own gun, as it broke the Sabbath stillness around,
and was prolonged and reverberated by the a...
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