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Page 51:-
day affords the greatest probability of their rising above the mountains; and a mid-day light gives the most general illumination to objects on every point of the horizon. A declining sun may throw a beautiful blaze of light upon some parts of the landscape; but its effects will not be so general; and a person remaining upon the mountain till the sun goes down, especially in Autumn, will find night come on apace as he descends.

Sometimes, when clouds have formed below the summit, the country as viewed from above resembles a sea of mist; a few of the highest mountain peaks having the appearance of islands, on which the sun seems to shine with unusual splendour. And when the spectator is so situated that his shadow falls upon the cloud, he may observe some curious meteorological phenomena. To those who have frequently beheld it under other circumstances, this may be a new and magnificent spectacle; but a tourist, making his first and perhaps only visit, will naturally wish to have the features of the country more completely developed. It is a grievous though not an uncommon circumstance, to be wrapt in a cloud, which seems to be continually passing on, yet never leaves the mountain during the time appropriated for the stay; but those who are fortunate enough to be upon the summit at the very time of the cloud's departure, will experience a gratification of no common kind; when - like the rising of the curtain in a theatre - the country in a moment bursts upon the eye.
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