But the principal show, the chief pride of the children, was the ancient and empty well in the grass-grown
court of the castle.
There was a feeling of freshness and vigour in the very streets; and when I got free of the town, when my foot was on the sands and my face towards the broad, bright bay, no language can describe the effect of the deep, clear azure of the sky and ocean, the bright morning sunshine on the semicircular barrier of craggy cliffs surmounted by green swelling hills, and on the smooth, wide sands, and the low rocks out at sea--looking, with their clothing of weeds and moss, like little grass-grown
islands--and above all, on the brilliant, sparkling waves.
I rose to shake it off, and began threading the narrow dell by an old, grass-grown
cow-path that seemed to flow along the bottom, as a substitute for the brook that Nature had neglected to provide.
In the grass-grown
ruin of Dryburgh Abbey, not far from his home, he was laid to rest, while the whole countryside mourned Sir Walter.
But presently we came upon a district where shattered walls still raised their crumbling tops in sad silence above the grass-grown
sepulchers of their fallen fellows.