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Page 104 - T is the Spring's largess, which she scatters now To rich and poor alike, with lavish hand, Though most hearts never understand To take it at God's value, but pass by The offered wealth with unrewarded eye.
Page 89 - Then think I of deep shadows on the grass, Of meadows where in sun the cattle graze, Where, as the breezes pass, The gleaming rushes lean a thousand ways, Of leaves that slumber in a cloudy mass, Or whiten in the wind, of waters blue That from the distance sparkle through Some woodland gap, and of a sky above, Where one white cloud like a stray lamb doth move.
Page 103 - DEAR common flower, that grow'st beside the way, Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, First pledge of blithesome May, Which children pluck, and, full of pride, uphold, High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they An Eldorado in the grass have found, Which not the rich earth's ample round May match in wealth, — thou art more dear to me Than all the prouder summer-blooms may be.
Page 35 - Above the lowly plants it towers, The fennel, with its yellow flowers, And in an earlier age than ours Was gifted with the wondrous powers, Lost vision to restore. It gave new strength, and fearless mood ; And gladiators, fierce and rude, Mingled it in their daily food ; And he who battled and subdued, A wreath of fennel wore.
Page 96 - Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrous, God hath written in those stars above; But not less in the bright flowerets under us Stands the revelation of his love. Bright and glorious is that revelation, Written all over this great world of ours; Making evident our own creation, In these stars of earth, these golden flowers.
Page 109 - And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread ; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
Page 66 - On Christmas eve the bells were rung, On Christmas eve the mass was sung: * That only night in all the year Saw the stoled priest the chalice rear.
Page 66 - Then youthful box which now hath grace Your houses to renew ; Grown old, surrender must his place Unto the crisped yew. When yew is out, then birch comes in, And many flowers beside ; Both of a fresh and fragrant...
Page 69 - Wayfaring tree ! what ancient claim Hast thou to that right pleasant name ? Was it that some faint pilgrim came Unhopedly to thee, " In the brown desert's weary way, 'Mid toil and thirst's consuming sway, And there, as "neath thy shade he lay.
Page 58 - ... in medicine, but is now of no repute at all. Those who have observed how freely green ivy burns in a fire of garden rubbish may reasonably expect that, by the evident presence in the plant of oily or resinous substances, it may some day prove to be serviceable in the arts. Cato saith that wine put into the ivy cup will soak through it, by reason of the antipathy that is between them; this antipathy being, as he says, "very great between wine and ivy, for that one who hath a surfeit by drinking...