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Page xii:-
are in full leaf, the deciduous trees are breaking out, and the spring flowers still linger; then there is the early song of the birds, with the fascinating call of the cuckoo; and down in the intacks, the lambs are joyously skipping about and bleating, in all the enjoyment of a new existence.
As far as possible, the Lakes should be approached from their outlets; and their eastern sides should be traversed in the morning, in order to catch the sunbeams lighting up the opposite pinnacles, and creeping down their sides into the vales, thus gradually unfolding the scene, as it were, and throwing over the whole one mantle of rosy light. He, too, who is in search of the picturesque, will leave the beaten track, and travel along the rough side screens, and catch the beauties of the lake as they arise in smaller portions - its little bays and winding shores - its deep recesses and hanging promontories - its garnished rock and distant mountains.
To close these introductory remarks, it may be necessary to observe, that the principal towns and stations contain all that is
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