In the Park, Brizlee

In the Park, Brizlee. Source: The Graphic (1884). Click on image to enlarge it.

Commentary from the The Graphic

Whatever might have been the aspect of Brizlee in the days when the first Carmelite Abbot discovered its likeness to Holy Carmel, its appearance now. is both grand and beautiful. Of considerable height, and bold of outline, it is studded to the summit with trees, while on its slopes heather, brackens, and whins [gorse] also grow luxuriantly, covering it in autumn with rich masses of purple, yellow, and brown, varied by the deep green of the trees and the grey faces of huge boulders, which seem as if tumbled and strewn about by those giants who, in our youthful imagination, we believed domi nated such places, strolling over morass and hill with seven-leagued boots. The tower seen in the engraving is a “prospect tower,” built by the first Duke of Northumberland. From this in favourable weather the historical “Flodden Field” can be distinguished. The sketch is taken from under the walls of the old Abbey, a spot from whence many an old Carmelite, including John Bale, the famous biographer, who lived and studied in Hulne, must have looked on Brizlee, and thought of the “Garden of God,” and the waters of Kishon at its foot. [138]

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“Alnwick Castle.” 30 (9 August 1884): 137-41. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the New York Public Library. Web. 11 July 2021.

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