A History of British Forest-trees: Indigenous and Introduced

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Page 149 - O Woman ! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!
Page 389 - Thou preparedst room before it, And didst cause it to take deep root, And it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, And the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, And her branches unto the river.
Page 273 - Many reasons have been assigned for the frequent occurrence of the yew in our churchyards: but it seems most natural and simple to believe that, being indisputably indigenous, and being, from its perennial verdure, its longevity, and the durability of its wood, at once an emblem and a specimen of immortality, its branches would be employed by our pagan ancestors, on their first arrival here, as the best substitute for the cypress, to deck the graves of the dead, and for other sacred purposes.
Page 331 - ... vines, but these, though thick and well set with flowers, and with large healthy leaves, had not acquired great length. The fruiting was still confined, in great measure, to the crown, in each of which, notwithstanding the continued cropping, there were generally from one to three fruit, -the largest from five to seven inches in length, and from one and a half to two inches in diameter. The number of flowers was great, and young fruit were thickly set. It was observed that the stems of many plants...
Page 30 - Druidism prevailed the houses were decked with evergreens in December, that the sylvan spirits might repair to them, and remain unnipped with frost and •cold winds, until a milder season had renewed the foliage of their darling abodes.
Page 391 - These noble trees grow amongst the snow near the highest part of Lebanon, and are remarkable as well for their own age and largeness as for those frequent allusions made to them in the word of God. Here are some of them very old, and of a prodigious bulk, and others younger, of a smaller size.
Page 209 - ... the most picturesque tree in itself, and the most accommodating in composition. It refuses no subject either in natural or in artificial landscape. It is suited to the grandest, and may with propriety be introduced into the most pastoral. It adds new dignity to the ruined tower and Gothic arch : by stretching its wild, moss-grown branches athwart their ivied walls it gives them a kind of majesty coeval with itself. At the same time its propriety is still preserved, if it throw its arms over the...
Page 87 - This defect, however, appears chiefly in "the skeleton of the elm. In full foliage, its character is better marked. No tree is better adapted to receive grand masses of light. In this respect, it is superior both to the oak and the ash.
Page 273 - An attachment to colour, as such, seems to me an indication of false taste. Hence arise the numerous absurdities of gaudy decoration. In the same manner, a dislike to any particular colour shows a squeamishness, which should as little be encouraged. Indeed, when you have only one colour to deal with, as in painting the wainscot of your room, the eye, properly enough, gives a preference to some soft pleasant tint, in opposition to a glaring bold one ; but, when colours act in concert (as is the case...
Page 394 - even where the snow lies, as I am told, almost half the year ; for so it does on the mountains of Libanus, from whence I have received cones and seeds of those few remaining trees. Why, then, should it not thrive in old England? I know not, save for want of industry and trial.

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