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FIELD  SPORTS

 

Harrogate is conveniently situated for hunting and other field sports. Three packs of hounds come within easy distance, viz. :-

Bramham Moor, York and Ainsty, and Bedale. Harrogate sends several scarlet coats to the meet, and some excellent studs are kept in the town and neighbourhood. There are excellent fishing streams in the district, and also moors noted for grouse shooting not far distant.

An extensive view of the surrounding country, embracing a distance of thirty miles, may be obtained from the tower on Harlow Hill, at a trifling charge paid to the superintendent. Telescopes are provided for the visitors, who will be delighted with the prospect spread out before them of smiling villages, and distant churches, of upland and valley, of woods and lakes and laughing streamlets, forming a panorama of beauty scarcely to be surpassed elsewhere, and one which strikingly reminds us of the poet's beautiful lines :-

These are Thy glorious works ! Parent of good!
Almighty ! Thine this universal frame,
Thus wondrous fair! Thyself how wondrous then!
Unspeakable! Who sitt'st above these heavens,
To us invisible, or dimly seen,
In these Thy lowest works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.

Ye mists and exhalations! that now rise
From hill and streaming lake, dusky or gray,
Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
In honour to the world's great Author rise !
Whether to deck with clouds the uncolored sky;
Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers;
Rising or falling still advance His praise! 

His praise, ye winds! that from four quarters blow;
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops ye pines
With every plant, in sign of worship, wave!

Fountains ! and ye that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling, tune His praise
Join voices, all ye living souls! ye birds,
That singing up to heaven's-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes His praise.



 
 
 

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