The Path to Rome By Hilaire Belloc


The faint, uncertain glimmer that seemed not so much to shine through
the air as to be part of it - Page 70
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The Faint, Uncertain Glimmer That Seemed Not So Much To Shine Through The Air As To Be Part Of It, Took All Colour Out Of The Woods And Fields And The High Slopes Above Me, Leaving Them Planes Of Grey And Deeper Grey.

The woods near me were a silhouette, black and motionless, emphasizing the east beyond.

The river was white and dead, not even a steam rose from it, but out of the further pastures a gentle mist had lifted up and lay all even along the flanks of the hills, so that they rose out of it, indistinct at their bases, clear-cut above against the brightening sky; and the farther they were the more their mouldings showed in the early light, and the most distant edges of all caught the morning.

At this wonderful sight I gazed for quite half-an-hour without moving, and took in vigour from it as a man takes in food and wine. When I stirred and looked about me it had become easy to see the separate grasses; a bird or two had begun little interrupted chirrups in the bushes, a day-breeze broke from up the valley ruffling the silence, the moon was dead against the sky, and the stars had disappeared. In a solemn mood I regained the road and turned my face towards the neighbouring sources of the river.

I easily perceived with each laborious mile that I was approaching the end of my companionship with the Moselle, which had become part of my adventure for the last eighty miles.

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