Excerpt from The Inundation: Or, Pardon and Peace
But what it had lost in consequence, the dale it traversed gained annually in beauty.-every year, drifts of earth brought down from the table-land above by the driving of the winter storms, by filhng the nooks and crevices of the cliffs, afforded ground for richer vegetation than the mosses and lichens clothing the ruder crags. - Patches of broom and heath had long redeemed the dreary barrenness of the spot. The bright bells of the foxglove opposed their imperial hues to the dun surface of the rocks from which projected the silvery stems and quivering foliage of the birch and aspen; while the ?exile streamers of intermatted briar-rose and bramble overhung the perpendicular wall of sand stone that afforded no fissure for the insinuation' of their fibres.
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