Waterside Sketches; A Book For Wanderers And Anglers

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byWilliam Senior

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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.1875 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. IN THE MIDLANDS. "The stately homes of England! How beautiful they stand, Amidst their tall ancestral trees, O'er all the pleasant land! The deer across the greensward bound, Through shade and sunny gleam; And the swan glides past them with the sound Of some rejoicing stream." Hemans. Cowper must indeed have been a poet to find so much in the River Ouse worthy of his attention. True, his was a humble soul, and very little gave him content. Musing and wandering he saw more sermons in stones, books in the running brooks, and good in everything than most men. The Ouse is an interesting river, but it is not romantic. It is prosaic and business-like from beginning to end, fulfilling its course through the fat broad pastures of Northampton, Oxford, Buckingham, Bedford, Huntingdon, Cambridge, and Norfolk, like a respectable commercial traveller who has to "work" a certain district, and is prepared to do it conscientiously to the last. Cowper had a favourite expression for the Ouse. He called it "slow-winding." The poet was accurate: the river is slow, and I believe it pursues the most serpentine journey of all our rivers, through the flattest part of the great grazing shires. Thus it fully justifies Cowper's repeated use of the expression referred to. He says:--"Shut out from more important views Fast by the banks of the slow-winding Ouse: Content if thus sequestered I may raise A monitor's, though not a poet's praise, And while I teach an art too little known, To close life wisely, may not waste my own." In such words terminates the not half appreciated poem on "Retirement." Yet again the poet returns to his idea. He has not written many pages of his "Sofa" before he draws a picture of the river he knew so well and loved so much, which, like all his pi...

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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.1875 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. IN THE MIDLANDS. "The stately homes of England! How beautiful they stand, Amidst their tall ancestral trees, O'er all...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217651593

ISBN - 13:9780217651592

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