The Art of Masonry in Britain

Offices of the Stone Trades Journal, 1904 - 105 ページ


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43 ページ - Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
74 ページ - The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils Himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
35 ページ - I have no dearer aim than to have it in my power, unplagued with the routine of business, for which, heaven knows ! I am unfit enough, to make leisurely pilgrimages through Caledonia ; to sit on the fields of her battles ; to wander on the romantic banks of her rivers ; and to muse by the stately towers or venerable ruins, once the honoured abodes of her heroes.
43 ページ - That man is little to be envied, whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow • warmer among the ruins of lona.
29 ページ - The moon on the east oriel shone, Through slender shafts of shapely stone, By foliaged tracery combined ; Thou would'st have thought some fairy's hand 'Twixt poplars straight the ozier wand, In many a freakish knot had twined ; Then framed a spell, when the work was done, And changed the willow wreaths to stone.
22 ページ - With massive arches broad and round, That rose alternate, row and row, On ponderous columns, short and low, Built ere the art was known, By pointed aisle, and shafted stalk, The arcades of an alley'd walk To emulate in stone.
45 ページ - I know not anything so perfect in its simplicity, and so beautiful, as far as it reaches, in all the Gothic with which I am acquainted. And just in proportion to his power of mind, that man was content to work under Nature's teaching ; and instead of putting a merely formal dogtooth, as everybody else did at the time, he went down to the woody bank of the sweet river beneath the rocks on which he was building, and he took up a few of the fallen leaves that lay by it, and he set them in his arch,...
105 ページ - As I am dismissed, having worn out by God's mercy a long life in the Royal service, and having made some figure in the world, I hope it will be allowed me to die in peace.
29 ページ - They entered now the chancel tall ; The darkened roof rose high aloof On pillars lofty and light and small: The keystone that locked each ribbed aisle Was a fleur-de-lys or a quatre-feuille; The corbels were carved grotesque and grim; And the pillars, with clustered shafts so trim, With base and with capital flourished around, Seemed bundles of lances which garlands had bound.
14 ページ - The castle (Bedford) was taken by four assaults : in the first was taken the Barbicans, in the second the outer Ballia ; at the third attack the wall by the old tower was thrown down by the miners, where, with great danger, they possessed themselves of the inner Ballia, through a chink ; at the fourth assault, the miners set fire to the Tower (or Keep), so that the smoke burst out, and the tower itself was cloven to that degree, as to shew visibly some broad chinks ; whereupon the enemy surrendered.