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[Au]gust [1]. During these months the mountains are decked in all the trim of summer vegetation, and the woods and trees which hang on the mountains' sides, and adorn the banks of the Lakes, are robed in every variety of foliage and summer bloom. In August nature has given her highest tints to all her colours on the enamelled plain and borders of the Lakes. These are also the months favorable to botanic studies. Some rare plants are then only to be found; such as delight in Alpine heights, or such as appear in ever-shaded dells, or gloomy vales [2].
Mr. Young visited the Lakes in this fine season, and saw them all, except Coniston and Esthwaite (both Lancashire Lakes), which are on the western side of the others, and lie parallel to Windermere-water.
Nothing but want of information could have prevented that curious traveller from
[1] Those, however, who love to see the variety of green and olive tints which appear in the springing and decaying foliage, would be much pleased with a sight of the lakes, either in May or September.
Can Flora's self recount the shrubs and flowers,
That scent the shade, that clasp the rocky bowers?
From the hard veins of sapless marble rise
The fragrant race, and shoot into the skies.
Wond'rous the cause! can human search explore
What vegetation lurks in every pore?
What in the womb of different strata breeds?
What fills the universe with genial seeds?
Wond'rous the cause! and fruitless to enquire,
Our wiser part is humbly to admire.
- Killarney.
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