The Fair Land Tyrol

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L. C. Page & Company, 1905 - 328 pages
 

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Page 206 - A few strong instincts and a few plain rules Among the herdsmen of the Alps, have wrought More for mankind at this unhappy day Than all the pride of intellect and thought...
Page 244 - Tal, ch' ogni vista ne sarebbe schiva. Qual' è quella ruina, che nel fianco Di qua da Trento l' Adice percosse, O per tremuoto, o per sostegno manco ; Che da cima del monte, onde si mosse, Al piano è sì la roccia discoscesa, Ch...
Page 244 - In quella parte della terra prava Italica, che siede tra Rialto E le fontane di Brenta e di Piava, Si leva un colle, e non surge molt' alto, Là donde scese già una facella, Che fece alla contrada un grande assalto.
Page 144 - Walther spent the years between 1204 and 1207 at the court of the Margrave of Thuringia. Poets from all sides were attracted thither. Tradition has represented the rivalry between the different poets as culminating in a veritable Poets' War, or Sangerkrieg on the Wartburg. Walther took part, and five other Minnesingers. Wolfram von Eschenbach carried off the prize. A substratum of historical truth seems to underlie this Sangerkrieg. In 1228 he accompanied Frederick II. to the Crusades. Frederick...
Page 200 - ... the bands of victors marched home again, what a jubilation there was in their native hamlets! But the fate of the Tirol was inevitably linked to that of Europe in general. Napoleon was all-powerful. A second time he took Vienna, and the Austrians were obliged to withdraw their troops from the Tirol. Seeing the country open, a Bavarian army under General Wrede and a French one under Marshal Lefebre rapidly approached, and before the peasants could organize a proper defence, were once more in possession...
Page 298 - ... The cottage may have been rebuilt a dozen times since Titian's day ; not a scrap of the original stone or plaster may remain ; but, beyond a doubt, the view that we saw from the window is the same that Titian saw. Now, for the first time, I could understand and appreciate the landscape-backgrounds of his pictures. The compact masses of mountains, the bold, sharp forms, the hanging rocks of cold gray emerging from green slopes, the intense blue aerial distances — these all had seemed to be unreal...
Page 247 - ... Kaoio point, the trend of the coast is north-west for 14 miles to Kahuku point, the northern extreme of the island, which is low and flat, and has a reef extending off it to a distance of 1£ miles or more. Along this coast there is a narrow strip of land, varying from a half to two miles in breadth, which is only a few feet above the level of the sea, and very fertile, and has a gradual ascent to the foot of the precipices. The scenery of this district is hardly to be surpassed in beauty, boldness,...
Page 202 - ... together, men of Tirol. You've heard mass, you've had your drink of brandy. Now in God's name, give it to them." The men cheered, and gave it to them. As in the previous battles, the first day was undecisive. The two sides were more equally matched than usual, the enemy having only a slight preponderFor the third time Hofer entered Innsbruck. He was the hero of the hour. When delegations of students came to greet him with music and banners, the pious peasant reproved them in his rude dialect:...
Page 207 - Meran were kindled some of the last signals of revolt; in the woods were gathered some of the last knots of undaunted patriots, who did not know what it was to surrender. They preferred to starve or to be sought out, so that they could sell their lives dearly. The new French commander, Baron d'Hilliers, a humane man, who had conceived a strong admiration for Hofer, tried hard to save the national hero. He sent word to him that he would beg for his pardon at headquarters, if Hofer would only persuade...
Page 196 - Hofer was, therefore, commonly known as the Sandii'irth, or the "Gravel Inn-keeper," by a form of contraction which sounds very comical to us, but is customary in the Tirol. Andreas Hofer was born at the inn in 1767. His parents died when he was twenty-two, leaving him to carry on the business. As time passed, Hofer added to his regular occupaWAR XEWS IN A MOUNTAIN FORGE.

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