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"As I left Wastdale for Keswick, the weather was of a different kind to that of the stormy day which preceded it; for the heavens were bright, Wast Water shone like molten gold, and the glittering sun was lighting up the tops of Seatallan, Kirk Fell, and Great Gable. As I grasped my staff with a sense of freedom, my heart was lifted up in thankfulness to the Almighty Giver of health, and strength, and happiness, and every temporal and spiritual blessing, and I journeyed on my way, now repeating the words, The Lord God is gracious and merciful, and then bursting into a song of praise."

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CHAPTER X.

LOITERINGS ABOUT DERWENT WATER,

Trials may be turned to advantage.-Model of mountains at Lucerne. -Model of the English lake district.-Beauty and variety of the mountains.—Ascent of Skiddaw.-John Moor, the guide.— Lalrigg.-Skiddaw's Cub.-Keswick Vale.-The plantation, rift, and waterfall. The stone wall.-Skiddaw Forest.-Shooting-box.The spring. The summit of the mountain.-The heap of stones and pole. -The cloud. The sunshine. - The prospect. descent. Derwentwater. The floating island. circles.

- The Druidical

"To turn all occurrences to the best advantage," said Paul's father to his son, " is a wise course in passing either through Cumberland and Westmoreland, or through the world. Even trifling trials and disappointments become great evils if they sour our temper, or produce unthankfulness; whereas if they are put to a good use, they strengthen our minds, and prepare us to endure more weighty calamities. One of the difficulties that a tourist among the lakes has to contend with, is the circumstance that in fine dry weather he cannot see the falls to advantage; and when he can see them in the height of their beauty, then he is tolerably

sure to be pretty well drenched by the descending showers."

"Yes," replied Paul, “that dark, dismal, drenching weather-I cannot bear it!"

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'Again and again, Paul, have I tried to set before you, clearly, that from seasons of darkness and trial often arise our choicest mercies; and hardly can the lesson be too familiar to your mind.

'Sweetest gleam the morning flowers
When in tears they waken;

Earth enjoys refreshing showers
When the trees are shaken.

Glittering pearls are chiefly sought
In the deepest waters;
From the darkest mines are brought
Gems for Beauty's daughters.

Flowers by heedless footsteps prest,

All their sweets surrender;
Gold must brook the fiery test
Ere it shows its splendour.

Where the twilight, cold and damp,
Gloom and silence bringeth,
Then the glowworm lights its lamp,
And the night-bird singeth.'

"It may not be pleasant at the time to be wet and weary, and hungry and thirsty; but this state of things abundantly increases our comfort and enjoyment when snug quarters, and dry clothes, and savoury food are within our reach. But let me now continue the

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