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iUbtcto of Booftg*


iUbtcto of Booftg* A GUIDE TO THE Tows AND NEIGHBOURHOOD OF ABERGA- VENNY." John Whiter J. Hiley Morgan, Abergavenny. We should be greatly wanting in duty to the public, and in gratitude to the author, if we were not to notice this newly published little volume. During our short sojourn at Aberga- venny at the late Cymreigyddion Festival, we found it ex- tremely useful, and highly interesting. It commences with a brief but correctly written-sketch of the History of the Town and Castle of Abergavenny. This chapter, full of varied and startling incident gives the work at the commencement a lively interest, which is kept up unflaggingly to the close of the author's cheap and modest guide. Making the town of Aberga- venny a centre, the description radiates to a distance of about ten miles in various directions; and every object comprised in this extensive circle is transferred in all its picturesque beauty and native grace to its charming pages. Books of travel, if well and properly written, act as reflectors, and in furnishing minutely correct portraitures induce us to look more closely upon the original scenes, where we cannot fail to discover new beauties, which, wanting the commentary, would have remained undiscovered. Such is the character of Mr. White's Guide. The writer is undoubtedly a man of discernment, possessed of a keen perception and appreciation of natural beauty; and in these times of perpetual bustle, it is quite refreshing to find a volume breathing the purest poetic spirit, and studded with lively descriptions of a most lovely country. To the temporary sojourner, the local history must make an useful reference, and the rambler should never travel over the neighbouring country without taking this volume as a guide and companion, as it is infinitely superior in matter and style to books of this class. The only fault it has, is one of the most amiable kind, and one which but few readers will quarrel with-it is, that the author has too little reliance upon the ability which he unquestionably possesses. Our limited space does not admit of as lengthy quotations as we could wish, and as the work deserves; but before we part, we will have the author's description of the scene from the top of the Blawreng:— Reader! have you at any time stood upon'the summit of one of the mountains of Gwent, and gazed thence on the grand concentration of Welsh and English scenery—hill and dale, river and streamlet, mighty woods and waving cornfields, and all that can make a landscape lovely ? And have you never felt a warm gush of feeling thrilling your bosom—au almost enthusiastic fervour—at beholding the sublime and beautiful so gorgeously mingled. If so, you will readily join with me in lamenting that so few are alble to climb and participate in this happiness. Good heavens! must scenes like these expand- Scenes so magnificently grand; And millions breathe and pass away Unbless'd throughout their little day With one short glimpse.'—BLOOMFIELD. The scenery as viewed from the Blawreng is magnificent beyond description. It seems as though Nature had exhausted her powers upon the spot. There is the rugged rock, and grace- fully undulating plain-here the rich pastures, and there the winding river—yonder the tall woods, and near to them are the waving cornfields. What could be more happily blended than the craggy greatness of the Scyrryd Vawr with the exuberant luxuriance of its declining slope, and the valley beneath it ? See the little Scyrryd further towards the South, covered with the richest foliage/ The dim peak of Pen y Val" rises majes- tically in a northern direction, and "scowls sentinel-like upon the sleeping world below." The gentle risings of the ground form so pleasing a contrast with the rougher parts of the scenery, that the eye is delighted wherever it rests. Far southward may be dimly seen the Bristol channel; while opposite, the verdant vale of tCrickhoweII stretches to a point in the distant per. •pective." The boek U well printed* B.C.D,


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