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Shannondale (Classic Reprint) free pdf Excerpt from Shannondale Oh, sparkling clear thy waters flow, And murmur as they glide, To the fair trees that bend belowTo kiss the loving tide-And far above the mountains stand, L ke watch lowers placed to guard a landWhere all conspires to yield delight, Where pleasure reigns by day and night.Skannondale. - L.M. Smith. The valley of the Shenandoah presents a succession of the most various, sublime and beautiful landscapes in the world. The Shenandoah, which yet retains its ancient, beautiful, and poetic Indian name, springs among the magnificent rocks of the Cyclopean towers. These towers, seven in number, rise to the height of several hundred feet, like the ruins of some stupendous ancient feudal castle, erected to guard the passes of this magnificent valley. Flowing on through a beautiful and fertile vale, hemmed in by mountains, and supposed to have been once the bed of an ancient lake with its high and rocky banks, the Shenandoah passes Weirs Cave, one of the greatest natural wonders in the new world, and quite worthy to be ranked, (says an English tourist) with the Natural-Bridge or Niagara, and equal in dimensions, and in the variety, beauty and sublimity of its objects, to the celebrated Grotto of Antiparos. Still flowing on, the majestic river washes the Western precipices of the Blue Ridge, forming in its serpentine course, islands and promontories, some high, barren and blasted, others covered with beautiful verdure or crowned with lofty trees. Yet flowing on, the mighty river, gathering force from every tributary, rushes with frightfully increasing power and rapidity to meet the Potomac, and with a god-like strength to rend a passage through the mountains to the ocean. The stupendous sublimity of this awful scene was said by Thomas Jefferson to be worth a voyage across the Atlantic - when a voyage across the ocean was an affair of sir months. But it is the Vale of Shannondale, the scene of my present romance of real life, that I wish to describe. A few miles below Harper's Ferry, the Blue Ridge makes a curve, hemming in a beautiful and fertile vale in the shape of a horse shoe, whose opening is on the South. Within the curve of the ridge, washing its base, and encircling the vale, rushes the Shenandoah. From the river the ground rises gradually toward the South this lovely spot combines enchanting beauty with majestic sublimity. Hemmed in by lofty mountains, and encircled by a rushing river, shaded by groves of lofty trees, freshened by springs and fountains of sparkling water, fragrant with millions of wild flowers, and musical with the voices of thousands of birds, it realizes the vision of the Rasselas' Happy Val'ey. Many years since., it does not matter how many, stood on this favored spot an ancient mansion, one of the first erected in the valley of the Shenandoah. The legend of its erection runs thus: In the latter part of the reign of Elizabeth, during the last persecution of the Catholics by that Princess, the head of a noble Catholic family in Wiltshire, England, emigrated to Virginia, The settlements were then all near the sea coast, or upon the banks of James River and the Rappahannock. All the country West, of the Blue Ridge was unknown. The valley oi Virginia was traversed by hordes of war-like savages, who sometimes crossed the mountains and made fearful and destructive descents upon the unprotected settlements, and whose very yells were a horror. Soon after his arrival, Lord Summerfield formed an exploring and hunting party, who purposed crossing the mountains to explore the country and to hunt the deer. This bearding the lions in their dens was an enterprise requiring great courage, prudence and fortitude. Lord Summerfield possessed all three in an eminent degree. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at

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Author : Emma D E Nevitt Southworth
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331472067
EAN : 9781331472063
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 738 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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