Think not we long remained blind to the idiotical folly of our founders, who forswore every delight of life for the pleasure of dying martyrs by hunger, by thirst, and by pestilence, and by the swords of savages, while they vainly strove to defend a barren
desert, valuable only in the eyes of superstition.
Of all the living creatures upon land and sea, it is ships alone that cannot be taken in by barren
pretences, that will not put up with bad art from their masters.
Occasionally the monotony of this vast wilderness is interrupted by mountainous belts of sand and limestone, broken into confused masses; with precipitous cliffs and yawning ravines, looking like the ruins of a world; or is traversed by lofty and barren
ridges of rock, almost impassable, like those denominated the Black Hills.
The pure air, and the long summer hours in the open, gave back life and elasticity to Mattie, and Zeena, with more leisure to devote to her complex ailments, grew less watchful of the girl's omissions; so that Ethan, struggling on under the burden of his barren
farm and failing saw-mill, could at least imagine that peace reigned in his house.
From Athens all through the islands of the Grecian Archipelago, we saw little but forbidding sea-walls and barren
hills, sometimes surmounted by three or four graceful columns of some ancient temple, lonely and deserted--a fitting symbol of the desolation that has come upon all Greece in these latter ages.
That was twenty years before, and now what had been a barren
island was a garden.
She sat down in her husband's chair; and as she thought of her desire to love the friendless, crippled boy and her eager wish that he should love her--she was a barren
woman and, even though it was clearly God's will that she should be childless, she could scarcely bear to look at little children sometimes, her heart ached so--the tears rose to her eyes and one by one, slowly, rolled down her cheeks.
As a hungry herd of cattle keeps well together when crossing a barren
field, but gets out of hand and at once disperses uncontrollably as soon as it reaches rich pastures, so did the army disperse all over the wealthy city.
The old wound opens again--and there I lie bleeding on the barren
The land was so barren
both of man and beast that whosoever did travel from one end of all Munster .
On a nearer approach Barbicane found himself in view of a low, flat country of somewhat barren
Birds of this order I can show are the greatest wanderers, and are occasionally found on the most remote and barren
islands in the open ocean; they would not be likely to alight on the surface of the sea, so that the dirt would not be washed off their feet; when making land, they would be sure to fly to their natural fresh-water haunts.