This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... FLORA SACRA Some portions
of the following essay have appeared in the ' Contemporary' and
other Reviews. Flowers seem to have retained more of the fragrance
of a world which dwelt around the gates of the terrestrial Paradise
than anything else in creation. To be in contact with them is
purifying, refining, ennobling; their simple, gentle life soothes
and softens the mind fretful and feverish with the restlessness of
the moiling crowd and the traffic of life's stage; and in their
companionship we apprise at its true value the artificial existence
of modern life, as . our better nature realises that man was
originally created U to live in a garden, and not in a town, and
that in wandering from the memory even of his old home he is
working ' against the collar, ' and a law of his being. If we agree
with Bacon, that 'God Almighty planted a garden, ' we may be very
sure that He intended us to follow His example. To have been placed
on this earth * to dress and to keep it' was the divine intention;
to make it a garden of delights for ourselves and our children,
where the healthy proyning and stirring of the soil should produce,
not only nourishable fruit for the body, but also most nourishable
food for the mind--this was the design of the Creator; and until
the labourer return to the land, until that political cry be true
of us all in every class of life; until we alter our present
reading of the sacred writings of our faith which makes us
interpret those words ' to dress and to keep it' as 'to dress up
our bodies and to keep up an establish ment'--until then we shall
have a race far less 'sons of God' than 'children of Mammon.' There
was a time, even in this century, when to care for such simple
things as flowers was considered, in Englishmen...
|Country of origin:
Alfred E. P. Raymund Dowling
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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