straw, and made the somber corners seem yet darker; the pictures that one meets with outweigh those one has come to seek.
From the esplanade which is opposite, the whole valley and the mountains beyond may be seen; this first sight of a southern sun, as it breaks from the rainy mists, is admirable; a sheet of white light stretches from one horizon to another without meeting a single cloud. The heart expands in this immense space; the very air is festal; the dazzled eyes close beneath the brightness which deluges them and which runs over, radiated from the burning dome of heaven. The current of the river sparkles like a girdle of jewels; the chains of hills, yesterday veiled and damp, extend at their own sweet will beneath the warming, penetrating rays, and mount range upon range to spread out their green robe to the sun.
In the distance, the blue Pyrenees look like a bank of clouds; the air that bathes them shapes them into a๋rial forms, vapory phantoms, the farthest of which vanish in the canescent hor