Star Papers; Or, Experiences of Art and Nature

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XV. A RIDE TO FORT HAMILTON.

IT is difficult to choose between the scenery of the ocean side and inland scenery, if one were to have the liberty of but one of them. Both of them take hold of the imagination with great power; both are stimulating and yet soothing. But they act upon the mind in very different ways.

The power of the mind to animate natural objects with its own emotions, and gradually to clothe external objects with the attributes and experiences of the soul, is well known. The place where any event in our history has occurred becomes a memorial of the feelings which that event excited in us. The walk which for years our feet have trod in hours of meditation, is no longer a dry path, half leaf-covered, obscure among the underbrush, or sinuous along the summit of the overlooking bluff. It has become intrusted with our deepest sensations. It speaks to us, and we talk with it. It is a journal of our gradual experiences. A rock, under whose sides we have been wont to commune with God, and dream of the future, can never assume a merry face or an irreverent demeanor. The home- trees, under which we sit with daily friends, become social and familiar; those which our solitude seeks out, and under which we take refuge from men, whose whispering boughs charm our cares, or whose silence

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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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