I like solitude, when I give myself up to it, for the sake of solitude; nor do I ask for "a friend in my retreat Whom I may whisper, solitude is sweet.
There is hardly anything that shows the short-sightedness or capriciousness of the imagination more than travelling does. You cannot read the book of nature without being perpetually put to the trouble of translating it for the benefit of others.
We must "give it an understanding but no tongue. If you remark the scent of a bean-field crossing the road, perhaps your fellow-traveller has no smell. How proud, how glad I was to walk along the high road that overlooks the delicious prospect, repeating the lines which I have just quoted from Mr Coleridge's poems.
We are lost to ourselves, as well as our friends. They are intelligible matters and will bear talking about.
As I slow down, I lose control of my thoughts. There is an involuntary antipathy in the mind of an Englishmen to foreign manners and notions that requires the assistance of social sympathy to carry it off. If you only hint what you feel in a kind of dumb show, it is insipid; if you have to explain it, it is making a toil of a pleasure.
So I find a tree trunk, or a dry patch of grass, and, sitting down, reach into my pocket for the book, brought along for just such a moment.
These hours are sacred to silence and to musing, to be treasured up in the memory, and to feed the source of smiling thoughts hereafter. In travelling through a wild, barren country, I can form no idea of a woody and cultivated one.
The road to Llangollen turns off between Chirk and Wrexham; and on passing a certain point you come all at once upon the valley, which opens like an amphitheatre, broad, barren hills rising in majestic state on either side, with "green upland swells that echo to the bleat of flocks" below, and the river Dee babbling over its stony bed in the midst of them.
He explains that going on a journey is better to go alone because he wants to experience nature on his own. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake.
The literature of walking found the philosophical in what was previously purely functional. Instead of a friend in a post-chaise or in a Tilbury, to exchange good things with and vary the same stale topics over again, for once let me have a truce with impertinence.
I like more elbow-room and fewer incumbrances. I should on this account like well enough to spend the whole of my life in travelling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home. Pictures, heroes, glory, freedom, all are fled; nothing remains but the Bourbons and the French People.
No one likes puns, alliterations, antitheses, argument, and analysis better than I do; but I sometimes had rather be without them.
I was at that time going shortly to visit the poet whom I have above named. The valley at this time "glittered green with sunny showers," and a budding ash-tree dipped its tender branches in the chiding stream.
It was on the 10th of April,that I sat down to a volume of the New Eloiseat the inn at Llangollen, over a bottle of sherry and cold chicken.
1 Hazlitt's "On Going a Journey" is to be found in Table Talk, Essays on Men and Manners (). 2 (Near Nether-Stowey, Somersetshire, where Hazlitt visited Coleridge in ) The original footnote found in Keynes' colllection; I have, in turn, placed them in parentheses.
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