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[be]holder with reverential awe, and pleasing melancholy .
The characteristic of this lake is, that it retains its form
viewed from any point, and never assumes the appearance of a
Here the reader's mind may be fitly prepared for perusal of the
following beautiful night-piece of Dr. Brown, preserved to us by
Mr. Cumberland, in the dedication of his Ode to the Sun.
Now sunk the Sun, now twilight sunk, and nightX.
The following sketch of the appearance of this amphitheatre, in a
hard frost, appeared in the Cumberland Pacquet, February 10,
Derwent lake has been frozen over for several days, and quantities of timber have been drawn across it by horses. The appearance of this celebrated piece of water and the surrounding mountains is described by numbers who have seen it, as the most delightful of any prospect that can be conceived. The four islands have been visited by crowds of people, who agree that the whole scene is at present more awfully grand and enchanting than in the height of summer. The summits and sides of the mountains, at present clad with snow, the icicles hanging from the different cliffs, and the glassy surface of the lake, all these glittering in the sun, fill the eye with such an assemblage of natural magnificence and beauty as beggars all description.'
The following passage may be worth reading here, taken from a description of the curiosities in the Peak of Derbyshire, in the London Magazine, for October, 1778.
'Long has been the contention between gentlemen of Derbyshire and Cumberland, respecting Dovedale and Keswick, each claiming the superiority of natural beauties, and Dr. Brown has been thought by many to carry the dispute in favour of Keswick. I have carefully surveyed both, without being a native of either country; and if I might presume to be any judge of the matter, I should compare Dovedale to the soft and delicate maiden, and Keswick to the bold and sturdy Briton.'
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|-- station, Derwent Water by moonlight|
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