C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Sunny spots of greenery.
Far from the gay cities, and the ways of men.
Men are taught virtue and a love of independence by living in the country.
If country life be healthful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.
Nor rural sights alone, but rural rounds
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore The tone of languid Nature.
Sir, when you have seen one green field, you have seen all green fields. Let us walk down Cheapside.
I consider it the best part of an education to have been born and brought up in the country.
One gets sensitive about losing mornings after getting a little used to them with living in the country. Each one of these endlessly varied daybreaks is an opera but once performed.
This pure air
Braces the listless nerves, and warms the blood: I feel in freedom here.
Scenes must be beautiful which daily viewd
Please daily, and whose novelty survives Long knowledge and the scrutiny of years.
Secure and free they pass their harmless hours,
Gay as the birds that revel in the grove, And sing the morning up.
Ye sacred Nine! that all my soul possess
Bear me, O bear me to sequestered scenes, The bowry mazes, and surrounding greens.
The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion.
To one who has been long in city pent,
Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
And as I read
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
Of lark and linnet, and from every page Rise odors of ploughed field or flowery mead.
Thus is natures vesture wrought
Too instruct our wandering thought;
Thus she dresses green and gay To disperse our cares away.
From the white-thorn the May-flower shed
Its dewy fragrance round our head;
Not Ariel lived more merrily Under the blossomd bough than we.
There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.
Nature Ill court in her sequesterd haunts,
By mountain, meadow, streamlet, grove, or cell;
Where the poisd lark his evening ditty chants, And health, and peace, and contemplation dwell.
Mine be a cot beside the hill;
A beehives hum shall soothe my ear;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill, With many a fall, shall linger near.
Within the sun-lit forest,
Our roof the bright blue sky,
Where fountains flow, and wild flowers blow, We lift our hearts on high.
Give me, indulgent gods! with mind serene,
And guiltless heart, to range the sylvan scene;
No splendid poverty, no smiling care, No well-bred hate, or servile grandeur there.
The fields did laugh, the flowers did freshly spring,
The trees did bud and early blossoms bore,
And all the quire of birds did sweetly sing, And told that gardins pleasures in their caroling.
A wilderness of sweets; for nature here
Wantond as in her prime, and playd at will
Her virgin fancies, pouring forth more sweets; Wild above rule or art, enormous bliss.
O happy if ye knew your happy state,
Ye rangers of the fields! whom natures boon
Cheers with her smiles, and evry element Conspires to bless.
Oh knew he but his happiness, of men
The happiest he! who far from public rage,
Deep in the vale, with a choice few retird Drinks the pure pleasures of the rural life.
There health, so wild and gay, with bosom bare
And rosy cheek, keen eye, and flowing hair,
Trips with a smile the breezy scene along And pours the spirit of content in song.
In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.
God made the country, and man made the town;
What wonder then, that health and virtue, gifts,
That can alone make sweet the bitter draught
That life holds out to all, should most abound, And least be threatened in the fields and groves?
And see the country, far diffused around,
One boundless blush, one white impurpled shower
Of mingled blossoms! where the raptured eye Hurries from joy to joy.
As a light,
And pliant harebell swinging in the breeze
On some grey rockits birth-placeso had I
Wantond, fast-rooted in the ancient tower
Of my beloved country, wishing not A happier fortune, than to wither there.
Here too dwells simple truth; plain innocence;
Unsullied beauty; sound unbroken youth,
Patient of labour, with a little pleasd;
Health ever blooming; unambitious toil, Calm contemplation; and poetic ease.
This is a beautiful life now, privacy,
The sweetness and the benefit of essence;
I see there is no man but may make his paradise,
And it is nothing but his love and dotage Upon the worlds foul joys that keeps him out ont.
Beaumont and Fletcher.
They love the country, and none else, who seek
For their own sake its silence and its shade.
Delights which who would leave, that has a heart
Susceptible of pity, or a mind Cultured and capable of sober thought.
Ask any school-boy up to the age of fifteen where he would spend his holidays. Not one in five hundred will say, In the streets of London, if you give him the option of green fields and running waters. It is, then, a fair presumption that there must be something of the child still in the character of the men or the women whom the country charms in maturer as in dawning life.
Under a tuft of shade that on the green
Stood whispring soft, by a fresh fountain side
They sat them down; and after no more toil
Of their sweet gardning labour than sufficd
To recommend cool zephyr, and made ease
More easy, wholesome thirst and appetite More grateful, to their supper fruits they fell.
How various his employments, whom the world
Calls idle, and who justly in return
Esteems that busy world an idler too!
Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen,
Delightful industry enjoyed at home,
And Nature in her cultivated trim, Dressed to his taste, inviting him abroad.
Now the summers in prime
Wi the flowers richly blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
A the moorlands perfuming.
To own dear native scenes
Let us journey together,
Where glad innocence reigns Mang the braes o Balquhither.
O, when I am safe in my sylvan home,
I mock at the pride of Greece and Rome;
And when I am stretchd beneath the pines
When the evening star so holy shines,
I laugh at the lore and pride of man,
At the Sophists schools, and the learned clan;
For what are they all in their high conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet?
R. W. Emerson.
Im weary of my lonely hut
And of its blasted tree,
The very lake is like my lot,
So silent constantly
Ive livd amid the forest gloom
Until I almost fear
When will the thrilling voices come My spirit thirsts to hear?
There is a something in the pleasures of the country that reaches much beyond the gratification of the eyea something that invigorates the mind, that erects its hopes, that allays its perturbations, that mellows its affections; and it will generally be found that our happiest schemes, and wisest resolutions, are formed under the mild influence of a country scene, and the soft obscurities of rural retirement.
Ever charming, ever new,
When will the landscape tire the view?
The fountains fall, the rivers flow
The woody valleys, warm and low,
The windy summit, wild and high,
Roughly rushing on the sky!
The pleasant seat, the ruind tower,
The naked rock, the shady bower,
The town and village, dome and farm,
Each gave each a double charm, As pearls upon an Ethiops arm.
Abused mortals! did you know
Where joy, hearts-ease, and comforts grow;
Youd scorn proud towers,
And seek them in these bowers,
Where winds sometimes our woods perhaps may shake,
But blustering care could never tempest make,
Nor murmurs eer come nigh us, Saving of fountains that glide by us.
Sir W. Raleigh.
Your love in a cottage is hungry,
Your vine is a nest for flies
Your milkmaid shocks the graces,
And simplicity talks of pies!
You lie down to your shady slumber,
And wake with a bug in your ear;
And your damsel that walks in the morning Is shod like a mountaineer.
N. P. Willis.
None can describe the sweets of country life,
But those blest men that do enjoy and taste them.
Plain husbandmen, tho far below our pitch,
Of fortune placd, enjoy a wealth above us;
To whom the earth with true and bounteous justice,
Free from wars cares, returns an easy food,
They breathe the fresh and uncorrupted air,
And by clear brooks enjoy untroubled sleeps.
Their state is fearless and secure, enrichd
With several blessings, such as greatest kings
Might in true justice envy, and themselves Would count too happy, if they truly knew them.
45 Seldom shall we see in cities, courts, and rich families, where men live plentifully and eat and drink freely, that perfect health, that athletic soundness and vigor of constitution which is commonly seen in the country, in poor houses and cottages, where nature is their cook, and necessity their caterer, and where they have no other doctor but the sun and fresh air, and that such a one as never sends them to the apothecary.