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"For beauty and for romance the first place among all the cities of the United Kingdom must be given to Oxford. There is but one other-Edinburgh-which can lay any serious claim to rival her. Gazing upon Scotland''s capital from Arthur''s Seat, and dreaming visions of Scotland''s wondrous past, it might seem as though the beauty and romance of the scene could not well be surpassed. But there is a certain solemnity, almost amounting to sadness, in both these aspects of the Northern capital which is altogether absent from the sparkling beauty of the city on the Isis, and from the genius of the place. "