A Tour Through Sicily and Malta: In a Series of Letters to William Beckford, Esq. of Somerly in Suffolk
R. Chapman ... Sold by the different booksellers of London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1817 - 280 páginas
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Página 120 - Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent ; Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part, As full, as perfect in a hair as heart ; As full, as perfect in vile man that mourns, As the rapt seraph that adores and burns. To Him no high, no low, no great, no small ; He fills, He bounds, connects and equals all.
Página 41 - Dire Scylla there a scene of horror forms, And here Charybdis fills the deep with storms. When the tide rushes from her rumbling caves The rough rock roars ; tumultuous boil the waves ; They toss, they foam, a wild confusion raise, Like waters bubbling o'er the fiery blaze...
Página 120 - All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul : That changed through all, and yet in all the same, Great in the earth as in the ethereal frame, Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees ; Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent...
Página 103 - ... of lavas, with earth to a considerable thickness over the surface of each stratum. Recupero has made use of this as an argument to prove the great antiquity of the eruptions of this mountain. For if it requires two thousand years, or upwards, to form but a scanty soil on the surface of a lava...
Página 71 - The air, strongly impregnated with this matter, and confined betwixt two ridges of mountains — at the same time exceedingly agitated from below by the violence of the current, and the impetuous whirling of the waters — may it not be supposed to produce a variety of appearances ? And may not the lively Sicilian imaginations, animated by a belief in demons, and all the wild offspring of superstition, give these appearances as great a variety of forms ? Remember, I do not say it is so ; and hope...
Página 151 - Strombolo, and Volcano, with their smoking summits, appear under your feet ; and you look down on the whole of Sicily as on a map ; and can trace every river through all its windings, from its source to its mouth.
Página 58 - ... that he had confidence in them, had cause to repent of it, or was injured by any of them in the most minute trifle ; but on the contrary, they will protect him from impositions of every kind, and scorn to go halves with the landlord, like most other conductors and travelling servants ; and will defend him with their lives, if there is occasion.
Página 157 - ... have issued ; the force of its internal fire, to raise up those lavas to so vast a height, to support as it were in the air, and even to force them over the very summit of the crater, with all the dreadful accompaniments ; the boiling of the matter, the shaking of the mountain, the explosion of flaming rocks, &c.; we must allow that the most enthusiastic imagination, in the midst of all its terrors, hardly ever formed an idea of a hell more dreadful.
Página 104 - Eecupero tells me he is exceedingly embarrassed by these discoveries in writing the history of the mountain. — That Moses' hangs like a dead weight upon him, and blunts all his zeal for inquiry; for that really he has not the conscience to make his mountain so young as that prophet makes the world.