The Plants: A Poem, Cantos the First and Second, with Notes ; and Occasional Poems

James Carpenter ... and sold, 1808 - 156 pages

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Page 117 - When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege: 20 Only the trees which thou knowest that they be not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee, until it be subdued.
Page 45 - Mellowed by ocean's briny dews; When, in the starry courts above, The pregnant brain of mighty Jove Disclosed the nymph of azure glance, The nymph who shakes the martial lance ; Then, then, in strange eventful hour, The earth produced an infant flower, Which sprung, with blushing tinctures drest, And wantoned o'er its parent breast. The gods beheld this brilliant birth, And hailed the Rose, the boon of earth...
Page 123 - Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.
Page 119 - Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.
Page 45 - And when at length, in pale decline, Its florid beauties fade and pine, Sweet as in youth, its balmy breath Diffuses odour e'en in death ! Oh! whence could such a plant have sprung? Attend — for thus the tale is sung. When, humid, from the silvery stream, Effusing beauty's...
Page 51 - Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present : and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments : and let no flower of the spring pass by us. Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.
Page 137 - ... une autre, tout cela n'est rien : il n'a de souvenir à placer nulle part : c'est la quantité de coups de hache qu'il faut qu'il donne pour abattre un arbre, qui est son unique idée.
Page 136 - ... in the centre of a few fields of wheat, tobacco, or indian corn ; these fields Separated by a kind of fence made with branches of trees instead of hedges, for the most part full of stumps of trees half burnt, or stripped of their bark, and still standing; while both houses and fields are enchased as it were in masses of forest, in which they are swallowed up, and diminish both in number and extent the farther you advance into the woods, till at length from the summits of the hills you perceive...
Page 47 - And hail'd the Rose, the boon of earth ! With nectar drops, a ruby tide, The sweetly orient buds they dyed. And bade them bloom, the flowers divine Of him who sheds the teeming vine ; And bade them on the spangled thorn Expand their bosoms to the morn.
Page 118 - ... in all the luxuries and elegancies of life ; such as those of Tyre and Sidon : for it appears from the course of the whole passage, and from the train of ideas, that the fortresses and the ships are to be taken metaphorically, as well as the high trees and the lofty mountains. Ships of Tarshish are in Scripture frequently used by a metonymy for ships in general, especially such as are employed in carrying on traffic between distant countries ; as Tarshish was the most celebrated mart of those...

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