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The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age

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Pages: 370

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Young Sellar

Excerpt from book: WILLIAM YOUNG SELLAR xxxvil as fortunate as mortal life could be, happy in abundant leisure, provided with congenial work, enlivened by friendship, enriched by every domestic felicity, and free from all anxiety. But in ill health he saw the world in dark colours. To some extent his illness may have arisen from, or it may have caused, lack of interest in many things that had interested him of old. His sight was not very quick or keen, and he ceased to care for shooting, while for modern fishing, and educated salmon and trout, he had been spoiled by the easier and more abundant sport of Morvern and Sutherland in old times. Nature gradually lost her old charm : buoyancy was no longer his, and he found it desirable to give up his work for a session, and to live abroad with his family, at Bonn, in Switzerland, and in the Black Forest. He was at St. Blasien in the Albthal with his family when the sudden rumours of war between France and Germany were first heard. The war broke out, a French invasion of Southern Germany was expected: the able-bodied men went to their regiments, the horses were 'requisitioned,' and a rather melancholy autumn was passed in Switzerland, on the heights above Zug, and at Engelberg. After Sedan Mr. Sellar came back to Edinburgh, and to his classes, which he did not again desert, except for part of a session when a return of indisposition induced him to seek the Riviera. His home in summer was now a cottage, gradually augmented with the additions which his hospitality required, on a hill above the brown waters of the Ken. Galloway is- a country but little known to tourists, perhaps partly because its centre was untouched by Scott, partly because it is little crossed by railways. The landscape has all the charm and sentiment of the Border, with a Highland rich...  

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