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Monday, 4 January 2016

William Barnes, On the Perception of Landscape



"The commercial mind may perceive little of the landscape's harmony with man's life but those forms of good which are of commercial value. When a stage coach yet climbed our hills, and rolled down our slopes, a friend was sitting on a coach beside a jolly passenger, who, like himself, was looking out right and left over the land. On coming to the top of a hill, a fine landscape was spread before them, and my friend uttered, "Oh, that is beautiful!" "Ees," replied his fellow-traveller, "I hasn't a zeed a better piece o' turnips that that to year."

From Thoughts on Beauty and Art, Macmillan's Magazine, June, 1861





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