The Miscellaneous Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott...

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Page 36 - ... crash And merciless ravage: and the shady nook Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower, Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up Their quiet being: and unless I now Confound my present feelings with the past...
Page 50 - With mazy error under pendent shades Ran Nectar, visiting each plant, and fed Flowers worthy of Paradise, which not nice art In beds and curious knots, but nature boon Pour'd forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain, Both where the morning sun first warmly smote The open field, and where the unpierced shade Imbrown'd the noontide bowers. Thus was this place A happy rural seat of various view...
Page 322 - if these things be done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry ?" Excuse me for employing a sentence of Scripture on this occasion ; I apply it very seriously.
Page 119 - That will never be. Who can impress" the forest, bid the tree Unfix his earth-bound root?
Page 356 - I found excellent meat and drink o" the table ; my clothes were never worn out, but next morning a tailor brought me a new suit: and without question it will be so ever; use makes perfectness.
Page 47 - Sick of his civil pride from morn to eve ; I curse such lavish cost and little skill, And swear no day was ever pass'd so ill. Yet hence the poor are clothed, the hungry fed; Health to himself, and to his infants bread, The labourer bears : what his hard heart denies, His charitable vanity supplies.
Page 62 - ... the huntsmen might ride along the said walks, and meet or overtake their game in some one of them, they being cut with that art, that they led to all the parts in the said forest...
Page 55 - Vitruvius, the enriched entablatures and superb stairs of the Italian school of gardening, we must not, on this account, be construed as vindicating the paltry imitations of the Dutch, who clipped yews into monsters of every species and description, and relieved them with the painted wooden figures which are seen much in the attitude of their owners, silent and snugly smoking at the end of the paltry walk of every Lust-huys. This topiarian art, as it was called, came into England with King William,...
Page 46 - O blind of choice and to yourselves untrue ! The young grove shoots, their bloom the fields renew, The mansion asks its lord, the swains their friend ; While he doth riot's orgies haply share, Or tempt the gamester's dark, destroying snare, Or at some courtly shrine with slavish incense bend.
Page 45 - The Planter's Guide; or, a Practical Essay on the best Method of giving immediate Effect to Wood, by the Removal of large Trees...

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