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DAYS OFF
AND OTHER DIGRESSIONS

BY
HENRY VAN DYKE

I do not count the hours I spend
In wandering by the sea;
The forest is my loyal friend,
Like God it useth me:

Or on the mountain-crest sublime,
Or down the oaken glade,
O what have I to do with Time?
For this the day was made.

--RALPH WALDO EMERSON


ILLUSTRATED



NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
MDCCCCVII

To

MY FRIEND AND NEIGHBOUR
GROVER CLEVELAND
WHOSE YEARS OF GREAT WORK
AS A STATESMAN
HAVE BEEN CHEERED BY DAYS OF GOOD PLAY
AS A FISHERMAN

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED
WITH WARM AND DEEP REGARDS

AVALON,
JULY 10TH, 1907.



CONTENTS

I. Days Off

II. A Holiday in a Vacation

III. His Other Engagement

IV. Books that I Loved as a Boy

V. Among the Quantock Hills

VI. Between the Lupin and the Laurel

VII. Little Red Tom

VIII. Silverhorns

IX. Notions about Novels

X. Some Remarks on Gulls

XI. Leviathan

XII. The Art of Leaving Off


ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Our canoes go with the river, but no longer easily or lazily

2. On such a carry travel is slow


3. A notion to go down stream struck the salmon


4. There was the gleam of an immense mass of silver in its meshes


5. Tannery Combe, Holford


6. "Billy began to call, and it was beautiful"


7. There he stood defiant, front feet planted wide apart


8. She took the oars and rowed me slowly around the shore

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