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and separate character: in some instances, as if they had been formed in studied contrast to each other, and in others with the united pleasing differences and resemblances of a sisterly rivalship. This concentration of interest gives to the country a decided superiority over the most attractive districts of Scotland and Wales, especially for the pedestrian traveller. In Scotland and Wales are found, undoubtedly, individual scenes, which, in their several kinds, cannot be excelled. But, in Scotland, particularly, what long tracts of desolate country intervene! so that the traveller, when he reaches a spot deservedly of great celebrity, would find it difficult to determine how much of his pleasure is owing to excellence inherent in the landscape itself; and how much to an instantaneous recovery from an oppression left upon his spirits by the barrenness and desolation through which he has passed.
But to proceed with our survey; - and, first, of the
MOUNTAINS. Their forms are endlessly diversified,
sweeping easily or boldly in simple majesty, abrupt and
precipitous, or soft and elegant. In magnitude and grandeur
they are individually inferior to the most celebrated of
those in some other parts of this island; but, in the
combinations which they make, towering above each other, or
lifting themselves in ridges like the waves of a tumultuous
sea, and in the beauty and variety of their surfaces and
colours, they are surpassed by none.
The general surface of the mountains is turf,