God Almighty first planteda garden; and indeed, it isthe purest of human
pleasures. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.46,'Of Gardens'.
And the L God planted a garden eastwards in Eden; and there he put
the manwhom he had formed. And out of the ground made
the L God to grow every tree that is pleasant
for the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the
midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good
and evil. Bible (Old Testament) ORDORDGenesis 2:8^9.
And when the woman saw that the tree wasgood for food, and that it
waspleasanttothe eyes,and atreetobe desired to make one
wise she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and
gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat. And the
eyes of them bothwere opened, and they knew that they
were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together,
and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of
the L God walking inthegarden in the cool of the
day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the
presence of the L God amongst the trees of the
garden. Bible (Old Testament) ORDORDGenesis 3:6^8. In
the GenevaBible of1560, the word'aprons'was rendered'breeches',
and the versionwas therefore known as the Breeches Bible.
A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain
sealed. Bible (Old Testament) Song of Solomon
I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I
never had seen: A chapel was built
in the midst Where I used to
play on the green. William Blake Songs of Experience,'The Garden of Love'.
The courts of Europe are a jungle, compared to which your jungles here
are a well-kept garden. Robert Oxton Bolt Linedeliveredby Ray Mc Anally as Cardinal
Altamirano in The Mission.
When Adam and Eve were dispossessed Of the garden hard
by Heaven, They planted
another one down in the west, 'Twas Devon,
glorious Devon! Sir Harold Edwin Boulton 'Glorious Devon'.
There is a garden in her face, Where roses and
white lilies grow, A heavenly paradise
is that place, Wherein all pleasant
fruits do flow. There cherries
grow, which none may buy Till 'Cherry
ripe!'themselves do cry. Thomas Campion Fourth Book of Airs,'There is a Garden in her
The Muses'garden, with pedantic weeds O'erspread, was
purged by thee; the lazy seeds Of servile
imitation thrown away, And fresh invention
planted. Thomas Carew 'An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul's,
Dr. John Donne'.
The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and
adequately tall. G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton 'Ballade of Suicide'.
God the first garden made, and the first city Cain. Abraham Cowley Essays, in Verse and Prose,'The Garden'.
Let 'Dig for Victory' be the motto of everyone
with a garden and of every
able-bodied man and woman capable of digging
an allotment in their spare time. Sir Reginald Hugh Doram-Smith Radio broadcast, 3 Oct.
So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf, to make an apple-pie;
and at the same time a great she- bear coming up the
street, pops its head into the shop. 'What! no soap?' So
he died and she very imprudently married the barber;
and there were present the Picninnies, and the
Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the Grand
Panjandrumhimself, withthelittleround buttonat top; and they all
fell to playing the game of catch-as- catch-can till the
gunpowder ran out of theheels of their boots. Samuel Foote Responding to a
challenge from the actor Charles Macklin that there was no speech
he could not repeat from memory after just one hearing. Macklin
had to acknowledge defeat. Foote's phrases 'no soap'and
'the grand Panjandrum' became widely adopted. Quoted in
Maria Edgeworth Harry and Lucy (1825), vol.2.
The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the
birds for mirth, One is nearer God's
Heart in a garden Than anywhere else
on earth. Dorothy Frances Gurney 'God's Garden'.
My VanGoghisbetter than Irises.Ihavethewholegarden. Armand Hammer On ranking his own
Van Gogh, Hospital at Saint-Re my, over the Irises that brought
»53.9 million at auction. In Connoisseur, Jan 1991.
Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds
and shrubberies and lawns and avenues, With statues on the
terraces and peacocks strutting by; But the Glory of
the Garden lies in more than meets the eye. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'The Glory of the Garden'.
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing:'Oh,
how beautiful!'and sitting in the shade, While better men
than we go out and start their working lives At grubbing weeds
from gravel paths with broken dinner-knives. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'The Glory of the Garden'.
Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees That half a proper
gardener's work is done upon his knees, So when your work
is finished, you can wash your hands and pray For the Glory of the
Garden that it may not pass away! 474 (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling 'The Glory of the Garden'.
have a garden of my own, But so with roses
overgrown, And lilies, that
you would it guess To be a little
wilderness. Andrew Marvell c.1650^1652 'The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn'
Oh thou, that dear and happy isle The garden of the
world ere while, Thou paradise of four seas, Which heaven
planted us to please, But, to exclude the
world, did guard With watery if not
flaming sword; What luckless apple
did we taste, To make us mortal,
and thee waste? Andrew Marvell c.1650^1652 'Upon Appleton House, to My Lord Fairfax' (published1681),
Here one is in Later Life, and it's perfectly pleasant really, not for a moment
that garden of cactus and sour grapes I'd always assumed
it must be. James Ingram Merrill Letter to a friend at age 46.
Our two first parents, yet the only two Of mankind, in the
happy garden placed, Reaping immortal
fruits of joy and love, Uninterrupted joy,
unrivalled love In blissful
solitude. John Milton Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.3, l.65^9.
Que la mort me trouve plantant mes choux, mais nonchalant d'elle,
et encore plus de monjardinimparfait. I would like death
to come to me while I am planting cabbages, caring
little for death and even less for the imperfection of my
garden. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Essais, bk.1, ch.20 (translated by Charles Cotton).
The media have, indeed, provided the Devil with perhaps the
greatest opportunity accorded him since Adam and Eve were
turned out of the Garden of Eden. Malcolm Muggeridge Christ and the Media, introduction.
When I make a portrait,I cannot limit it tothe lines of the head, for that head
belongs toa body, it exists ina setting which influences it,
it is part of a totality that I cannot suppress. The
impression you produce upon me is not thesame if I
catchsight of youalone ina gardenor if Isee you in the midst of
a group of other people, in a living room or on the
street. Medardo Rosso Quoted in Edmond Claris
De l'impressionisme en sculpture, 'Medardo Rosso'
If Everton were playing down at the bottom of my garden, I'd draw
the curtains. Bill (William) Shankly Quoted in
ColinJarmanThe Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
Sensitive Plant in a garden grew. 785 Percy Bysshe Shelley 'The Sensitive Plant', pt.1, l.1.
Beauteous the fleet before the gale; Beauteous the
multitudes in mail, Rank'd arms and
crested heads: Beauteous the
garden's umbrage mild, Walk, water,
meditated wild, And all the bloomy
beds. Christopher Smart A Song to David, stanza 78.
In a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, At the sea-down's
edge between windward and lee, Walled round with
rocks as an inland island, The ghost of a
garden fronts the sea. Algernon Charles Swinburne Poems and Ballads (2nd edn),'A Forsaken Garden'.
Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat,
night, has flown, Come into the
garden, Maud, I am here at the
gate alone; Maud And the woodbine spices are wafted
abroad, And the musk of the
rose is blown. For a breeze of
morning moves, And the planet of
Love is on high, Beginning to faint
in the light that she loves On a bed of
daffodil sky. Tennyson Maud, pt.1, sect.22, stanza1, l.850^9.
Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls. Tennyson Maud, pt.1, sect.22, stanza 9, l.902.
Nothing grows in ourgarden, only washing. And babies. And where's their
fathers live, my love? Over the hills and far away. Dylan Marlais Thomas Under MilkWood.
Cela est bien dit, re pondit Candide, mais il faut
cultiver notre jardin. 'Well said',Candide
replied,'but we must cultivate our own garden.' Voltaire pseudonym of Fran c° ois Marie Arouet Candide, ch.30.
'Tisjust likea summerbirdcageinagarden; thebirdsthat
are without despair
toget in, and thebirdsthat are within despair, and are in
a consumption, for fear they shall never get out. John Webster TheWhite Devil, act1, sc.2.
:The Book of Life begins
with a man and a woman in a
garden. : It ends with Revelations. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde
LORD ILLINGWORTHMRS ALLONBY1893 AWoman of No Importance, act1.
Givea manthesecure possessionof a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a
garden; give him a nine years' lease on a garden, and he will
convert it into a desert The magic ofturns
sand to gold. Arthur Young PROPERTY1787 Journal entries, 30 Jul and 7 Nov, published in
Travels in France and Italy (1794).