Author: Mrs. Harry Coghill
Release Date: March 16, 2006 [EBook #18002]
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A Canadian heroine.
The author of “Leaves from the backwoods.”
“Questa chiese Lucia in suo dimando,
E disse: Or ha bisogno il tuo fedele
Di te, e io a te lo raccomando.”—Inferno. Canto II.
“Qu’elles sont belles, nos
En Canada qu’on vit content!
Salut o sublimes montagnes,
Bords du superbe St. Laurent!
Habitant de cette contree
Que nature veut embellir,
Tu peux marcher tete levee,
Ton pays doit t’enorgueillir.”—J. Bedard.
In three volumes.
London: Tinsley Brothers, 8, Catherine Street. Strand. 1873. [All rights Reserved.]
Printed by Taylor and
Little Queen Street, LINCOLN’S inn fields.
A CANADIAN HEROINE.
It was near sunset, and the season was early summer. Every tree was in full leaf, but the foliage had still the exquisite freshness of its first tints, undimmed by dust or scorching heat. The grass was, for the present, as green as English grass, but the sky overhead was more glorious than any that ever bent above an English landscape. So far away it rose overhead, where colour faded into infinite space, that the eye seemed to look up and up, towards the Gate of Heaven, and only through mortal weakness to fail in reaching it. Low down around the horizon there was no blue, but pure, pale green depths, where clouds floated, magnificent in deep rosy and golden splendour. Under such skies the roughest landscape, the wildest forest, softens into beauty; such light and colour, like fairy robes, glorify the most commonplace; but here, earth lent her own charms to be decked by heaven.