Star Papers; Or, Experiences of Art and Nature

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IV. NEW ENGLAND GRAVEYARDS.

WOODSTOCN, CONN., August 30, 1858.

WHEN this reaches you, I shall have spent six successive Sabbaths in the State of Connecticut -- the longest period of sojourn within this, the State of -- my birth, for twenty-five years. During this quarter of a century, she has partaken largely of the changes that have gone on throughout New England. Her old towns have grown rusty, and lie up upon her high places to the Poolness of summer, and to the roaring winds of winter, in a tranquillity which would soothe the progressive fears of the most rooted conservative. Young men, as soon as they attain their majority, push off to the West or South, or to the nearest manufacturing village or railroad depot. Thus, the uplifted towns, seen afar, upon their mighty hills, lie like a dream; while their offspring villages in the valleys below whirl like a top with enterprise. The gods of the valley are mightier in New England than the gods of the hills; the loom is too strong for the plow. Indeed, farmers' boys are the most profitable crop that New England farms can now pro. duce. To ride about these endlessly diversified hills, and marvel at their beauty, and rejoice in their associations, is, I am persuaded, a much easier way of spending time than to subdue them, and compel them to render up remunerating harvests. One would think that there

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents 7
  • I- Ruins of Kenilworth. -- Warwick Castle. 9
  • II- A Sabbath at Stratford-On-Avon. 27
  • III- Oxford. 41
  • IV- The Louvre -- Luxembourg Gallery. 56
  • V- The Louvre. 70
  • VI- London National Gallery. 77
  • I- A Discourse of Flowers. 93
  • II- Death in the Country. 106
  • III- Inland Vs. Seashore. 110
  • IV- New England Graveyards. 121
  • V- Towns and Trees. 129
  • VI- The First Breath in the Country. 137
  • VII- Trouting. 144
  • VIII- A Ride. 152
  • IX- The Mountain Stream. 161
  • X- A Country Ride. 172
  • XI- Farewell to the Country. 182
  • XII- School Reminiscence. 189
  • Xiii. The Value of Birds. 194
  • Xiv. A Rough Picture from Life. 197
  • Xv. A Ride to Fort Hamilton. 201
  • Xvi. Sights from My Window. 211
  • Xvii. The Death of Our Almanac. 1853. 218
  • Xviii. Fog in the Harbor. 226
  • Xix. The Morals of Fishing. 231
  • Xx. The Wanderings of a Star. 240
  • Xxi. Book-Stores, Books. 250
  • Xxii. Gone to the Country. 256
  • Xxiii. Dream-Culture. 263
  • Xxiv. A Walk Among Trees. 271
  • Xxv. Building a House. 285
  • Xxvi. Christian Liberty in the Use of the Beautiful. 293
  • Xxvii. Nature a Minister of Happiness. 303
  • Xxviii. Springs and Solitudes. 314
  • Xxix. Mid-October Days. 324
  • Xxx. A Moist Letter. 336
  • Xxxi. Frost in the Window. 344
  • Xxxii. Snow-Storm Traveling. 348
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