How sharply its pinnacled angles and its wilderness of spires
were cut against the sky, and how richly their shadows fell upon its snowy roof!
And if we ascend the cathedral, without mentioning a thousand barbarisms of every sort,--what has become of that charming little bell tower, which rested upon the point of intersection of the cross-roofs, and which, no less frail and no less bold than its neighbor (also destroyed), the spire
of the Sainte-Chapelle, buried itself in the sky, farther forward than the towers, slender, pointed, sonorous, carved in open work.
As they rounded the Point, the great bay opened before them full of shipping, and the city lay beyond, its spires
rising above the tall masts with their gay streamers.
Jim the horse had seen these spires
, also, and his ears stood straight up with fear, while Dorothy and Zeb held their breaths in suspense.
At last they reached the great gateway, just as the sun was setting and adding its red glow to the glitter of the emeralds on the green walls and spires
. Somewhere inside the city a band could be heard playing sweet music; a soft, subdued hum, as of many voices, reached their ears; from the neighboring yards came the low mooing of cows waiting to be milked.
Perhaps it was this--perhaps it was the look of the island, with its grey, melancholy woods, and wild stone spires
, and the surf that we could both see and hear foaming and thundering on the steep beach--at least, although the sun shone bright and hot, and the shore birds were fishing and crying all around us, and you would have thought anyone would have been glad to get to land after being so long at sea, my heart sank, as the saying is, into my boots; and from the first look onward, I hated the very thought of Treasure Island.
Whose vales I leave -- whose spires
fade fast from me
On the spires
of some old-fashioned churches you will see sheet-iron whales placed there for weather-cocks; but they are so elevated, and besides that are to all intents and purposes so labelled with Hands off!
All they could see was a mass of towers and steeples behind the green walls, and high up above everything the spires
and dome of the Palace of Oz.
Patches of bush and isolated trees here and there smoked and glowed still, and the houses towards Woking station were sending up spires
of flame into the stillness of the evening air.
These two circumstances, however, happening both unfortunately to intervene, our travellers deviated into a much less frequented track; and after riding full six miles, instead of arriving at the stately spires
of Coventry, they found themselves still in a very dirty lane, where they saw no symptoms of approaching the suburbs of a large city.
Whatever movement there was in the stifling air was seen rather than felt in a tremulous, quivering, upward-moving dust along the flank of the mountain, through which the spires
of the pines were faintly visible.