Norway, Sweden, and Lapland

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Página 138 - Their rein-deer form their riches. These, their tents, Their robes, their beds, and all their homely wealth Supply, their wholesome fare, and cheerful cups Obsequious at their call, the docile tribe Yield to the sled their necks, and whirl them swift O'er hill and dale, heap'd into one expanse Of marbled snow, as far as eye can sweep, With a blue crust of ice unbounded glaz'd.
Página 87 - Here begins a spectacle of great grandeur. The moving mass is tossed from rock to rock, now heaving itself up in yellow foam, now boiling and tossing in huge eddies, growing whiter and whiter in its descent, till, completely fretted into one beautiful sea of snowy froth...
Página 33 - tis the touch of fairy hand That wakes the spring of northern land ! It warms not there by slow degrees, With changeful pulse, the uncertain breeze , But sudden on the wondering sight Bursts forth the beam of living light, And instant verdure springs around, And magic flowers bedeck the ground.
Página 1 - If you look at the map of Europe, you will see that all the centre is a mass of highland, and that to the north runs a great plain.
Página 108 - with all their poverty, and all their striving for the most pressing necessaries of life, our parents never forgot or put off the teaching of us to read. Before we could well speak, our father taught us our prayers ; and these were the first thing in the morning and the last at night. Our mother spared no pains to teach us to read in a book ; and at five years of age I could read any Swedish book, and at six could give reasonable answers to questions on the chief points of Christianity.
Página 99 - The royal palace is the object which first and last fixes the traveller's eye at Stockholm. In every view of the city, this noble building attracts his attention from all other objects. Its chaste style...
Página 49 - To Norway, valour's native sphere, We drink with boundless pleasure. One glass at friendship's shrine is due, One to Norwegian beauty, Some nymph, my friend, may claim for you, From us this welcome duty. Shame on the slave spurns not his chains, And woman, wine, and song, disdains.
Página 138 - Resistless rushing o'er th' enfeebled South, And gave the vanquish'd world another form. Not such the sons of Lapland : wisely they Despise th' insensate barbarous trade of war ; They ask no more than simple Nature gives; They love their mountains, and enjoy their storms. No false desires, no pride-created wants, Disturb the peaceful current of their time, And through the restless, ever-tortured maze Of pleasure or ambition bid it rage.
Página 59 - ... these things were conducted in Norway, than from a wish to shorten my journey. The first thing that struck me was, the gilded coronal upon the head of one of the women. She was the bride; and in almost every part of Norway, if the marriage be among the country people, the bride invariably wears a gilded crown, made of some kind of stiff paper. This is, as far as I could learn, meant as a symbol of chastity ; and I have since heard of instances, in which the crown has been torn from the head of...
Página 55 - It is, in common life, equivalent to taking of a degree in the learned professions, being in fact a certificate of capacity for discharging ordinary duties and trusts. It is accordingly so considered in Norway. ' 'A confirmed shop-boy wants a place...

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