By-ways And Bird Notes

Paperback | July 4, 2012

byMaurice Thompson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...so unsound and semi-disintegrated that the wonder was it did not dissolve into a flake of vegetable mould upon the water, and thus let us sink! A vast white bird, probably a snowy heron the Garzetta candidissima of our naturalists, swept majestically across from side to side of the river, directly over the mysterious shining line and just hitherward of the pale mist, quickly losing itself among the trees. Again I saw, or imagined, shadowy forms stealing through rifts in the flower-sprent glooms of the woods. But they were less satisfactory than the dimmest forms of a dream. I could not follow them a second of time. A broad booming heralded our approach to the cataract. We felt no motion, so steady was our sweep, and yet we were leaving the dreamy wind behind us. Halcyon, with erect and dishevelled crest, led on in an ecstasy of chirp and flutter. I became aware, through some slight, ominously decisive movement of the guide, that he was preparing for a supreme effort. We were nearly opposite a grand opening in those stately trees, out of which seemed to issue the silvery line which cut the river. I leaned forward, with suspended breath, to catch a glimpse right down it as we should pass. The gods were there, I knew they were; I should see some one of them, at least, if only a sylvan faun or satyr, or a dryad slowly withdrawing into the heart of a tree. Deus eccel Deus. That great white bird came out of the shadows of the woods again, and curving its flight down the stream seemed to melt into the mist. A sensation of dewy coolness crept over me, as if shaken from the rorid sandals of some passing naiad. The bank of the river opposite to the ridge's precipice now presented a gay, almost fantastic appearance. Tall, aquatic grasses, thinly...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...so unsound and semi-disintegrated that the wonder was it did not dissolve into a flake of vegetable mould upon the wate...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:July 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217452523

ISBN - 13:9780217452526

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