The Cruise of the Betsey; Or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides: With Rambles of a Geologist; Or, Ten Thousand Miles Over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland

T. Constable and Company, 1858 - 486 pagina's
From 1840 Miller was based in Edinburgh, where he was the founding editor of "The Witness" newspaper. This is his account of his summer breaks from journalism, seeking out fossils around Scotland in all weather conditions. It was written for publication in "The Witness". He often adopts a personal and autobiographical strain in his writing, illuminating observations with anecdotes from his own experiences. His style was influenced by his favourite boyhood authors, 18th-century writers such as Addison and Pope. The preface alludes to the tragic circumstances surrounding Miller's untimely death before the first publication of this work.

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Pagina 213 - Beyond the shadow of the ship I watched the water-snakes; • They moved in tracks of shining white; And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich attire — Blue, glossy green, and velvet black, They coiled and swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire.
Pagina 485 - Land of the whirlpool, — torrent, — foam, Where oceans meet in madd'ning shock ; The beetling cliff, — the shelving holm, — The dark insidious rock. Land of the bleak,— the treeless moor, — The sterile mountain, sered and riven, — The shapeless cairn, the ruined tower, Scathed by the bolts of heaven, — The yawning gulf, — the treacherous sand, — I love thee still, MY NATIVE LAND.
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