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Rambles about the Country Volume 9 Elizabeth Fries Ellet

Rambles about the Country Volume 9

Elizabeth Fries Ellet

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230384528
Paperback
62 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... to enjoy the spectacleMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... to enjoy the spectacle the whole afternoon. As if to encourage our stay, two noble eagles unfolded their pinions in the distance, and, as they wheeled about, in their graceful flight, now appearing in the sky above, and now in that which was apparent below the arch of the bridge, the effect was strikingly beautiful. It was a lovely evening. Sky and mountain were clothed with brilliant azure, and, as the valley in which we sat was gradually darkened by the shades of evening, the arch of the bridge appeared in strong relief, so that it almost seemed a portal from one world to another. We gazed, until the deepening shadows extended themselves to the heavens, and compelled us to seek the path to our retreat for the night. But curiosity, still unsatisfied, drew us back, to see the effect of moonlight upon the scene. We descended the ravine, hoping to catch a view of the bridge with its drapery of forest against the sky, but the effort was vain. The shadows cast from the trees around, and from the lofty heights, were too deep for the moonlight, and we returned, to await the coming of the blessed sun. A WALK BY THE BAY OF ERIE. This Bay is enclosed, on two sides, by a bold, cliff-like shore. On the southern bluff, the town of Erie is situated, and commands a fine view of the harbor, and of the broad sheet of Lake Erie. Many a pleasant Summers afternoon is passed by the citizens, in rambling along this high bank, enjoying the fresh breeze from the water, and the murmur of the waves, as they dash upon the beach far below. On the western side, the bank slopes gradually down to a low, sandy beach, and the northern boundary of the Bay is a long, low, thickly-wooded peninsula, four or five miles in extent. The French, in former days, named this...