A Month in Norway

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J. Murray, 1853 - 160 pages

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Page 133 - The Reaper said, and smiled ; "Dear tokens of the earth are they, Where he was once a child. "They shall all bloom in fields of light, Transplanted by my care, And saints upon their garments white, These sacred blossoms wear.
Page 116 - A cry that shiver'd to the tingling stars, And, as it were one voice, an agony Of lamentation, like a wind, that shrills All night in a waste land, where no one comes, Or hath come, since the making of the world. Then murmur'd Arthur, 'Place me in the barge,
Page 105 - ... the comparative antiquity of Gothic edifices. The Norman arch, in its most florid style, is here connected with the Saxon in its most simple and massive form, in a building where the known date of the portions containing this admixture is more ancient than the ascertained date of those English edifices from which the theory is derived.
Page 105 - ... transept is a fine specimen of both. But this simple massive style is mixed with light pointed arches, adorned with grotesque heads, flowers, and all the variety of ornaments which are usually considered peculiar to a much later period of Gothic architecture ; but here the two styles are evidently coeval. It shakes the theory of the Saxon and Norman, the round and pointed arch having been used exclusively in particular and different centuries, and affording ground to determine the comparative...
Page 142 - It was in this house that the men who framed the eminently successful Norwegian constitution met in the spring of the year 1814, after the Norwegian nation had declared its independence, and then set to work to draw up what has hitherto proved the most successful and most lasting of all constitutions ever turned out on a, sudden, spick and span new as this was.
Page 41 - In ordinary engineering, difficulties are avoided if possible if impossible to avoid, overcome ; but in Norwegian road-making it would actually seem as if difficult places were sought for, not to overcome, but to come over. The directions for laying out a true Norwegian country road would run somewhat in this way:
Page 142 - The conference or council wherein this great and successful work was accomplished sat just four days ! In four days a meeting of practical and earnest men created what learned philosophers and theoretical statesmen have invariably miserably failed in producing, a lasting working constitution.
Page 14 - With ladies perhaps it would be desirable to take one ; but a party of two or three men will find themselves more independent, more in the way of coming into personal contact with the peasantry, see more of their hospitable customs, and...
Page 125 - The pleasure of looking on this fertile scene was entirely taken away for me. I had fancied from our limited experience that the Norwegian peasantry were such independent, noble, manly fellows, that the discovery of this nest of beggars was a grievous disappointment almost the only one that Norway gave me.

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