The rook's garden, essays and sketches, by Cuthbert Bede


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Page 22 - Farewell, dear flowers ; sweetly your time ye spent, Fit, while ye lived, for smell or ornament, And after death for cures. I follow straight, without complaints or grief ; Since, if my scent be good, I care not if It be as short as yours.
Page 261 - The different nations of the world are as much distinguished by their cleanliness as by their arts and sciences. The more any country is civilized, the more they consult this part of politeness.
Page 85 - Saviour, the Saints his brethren, and all that need him his friends. Devotion is his chaplain, Chastity his chamberlain, Sobriety his butler, Temperance his cook, Hospitality his housekeeper, Providence his steward, Charity his treasurer, Piety his mistress of the house, and Discretion his porter, to let in or out, as most fit.
Page 28 - I think there are as many kinds of gardening as of poetry : your makers of parterres and flowergardens are epigrammatists and sonneteers in this art; contrivers of bowers and grottos, treillages and cascades, are romance writers.
Page 21 - There is a lesson in each flower, A story in each stream and bower ; On every herb on which you tread Are written words which, rightly read, Will lead you from earth's fragrant sod To hope, and holiness, and God.
Page 21 - Companies of Men. Your sacred Plants, if here below, Only among the Plants will grow. Society is all but rude, To this delicious Solitude. No white nor red was ever seen So am'rous as this lovely green. Fond Lovers, cruel as their Flame, Cut in these Trees their Mistress name.
Page 84 - Howe'er it be, it seems to me 'Tis only noble to be good. Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.
Page 77 - tis hard with us to define. In other Countries he is known by his Privileges; in Westminster -Hall he is one that is reputed one ; in the Court of Honour, he that hath Arms.
Page 77 - Nor God Almighty: but he can make a Gentleman by Creation. If you ask which is the better of these two, Civilly, the Gentleman of Blood, Morally, the Gentleman by Creation may be the better; for the other may be a Debauched Man, this a Person of worth.
Page 98 - Here thou, great ANNA ! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take — and sometimes tea.

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