He bore a simple wild-flower wreath: Narcissus, and the sweet brier rose; Vervain, and flexile thyme, that breathe Rich fragrance; modest heath, that glows With purple bells; the amaranth bright, That no decay, nor fading knows, Like true love's holiest, rarest light; And every purest flower, that blows In that sweet time, which Love most blesses, When spring on summer's confines presses.
I lingered around them, under the benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth.1847 Wuthering Heights, ch.34, closing words.
My native heath is brown beneath, My native waters blue; But crimson red o'er both shall spread, Ere I am false to you, Dear land! Ere I am false to you.1845 'Dear Land' in The Spirit of the Nation.
Speak out, sir, and do not Maister or Campbell memy foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor!1817 Rob Roy to Francis Osbaldistone. Rob Roy, ch.34.
What is that land of hill and daleThat is so beautiful,The land aglow with summer days,Land with the northern lights ablaze,Whose beauty all the seasons share,What is that land so fair?There many thousand lakes are brightWith twinkling stars at nightThere many kanteles resoundAnd all around make hillsides singAnd on the golden heath firs ring:That is the Finnish land.aleksis kivi
In fact, precisely at this transitional point of its nightly roll into darkness the great and particular glory of the Egdon waste began, and nobody could be said to understand the heath who had not been there at such a time. It could best be felt when it could not clearly be seen, its complete effect and explanation lying in this and the succeeding hours before the next dawn; then, and only then, did it tell its true tale.thomas hardy
To dwell on a heath without studying its meanings was like wedding a foreigner without learning his tongue. The subtle beauties of the heath were lost to Eustacia; she only caught its vapours. An environment which would have made a contented woman a poet, a suffering woman a devotee, a pious woman a psalmist, even a giddy woman thoughtful, made a rebellious woman saturnine.thomas hardy
O Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood, Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band, That knits me to thy rugged strand!Walter Scott The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Canto VI, Stanza 2.
On the blasted heath Fell Upas sits, the hydra-tree of death.Erasmus Darwin, "Loves of the Plants". In E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897, [Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.] (1898), iii. 233.
My foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor!Scott, Rob Roy, Chapter XXXIV.
Slowly, but very deliberately, the brooding edifice of seduction , creaking and incongruous, came into being, a vast heath Robinson mechanism, dually controlled by them and lumbering gloomily down vistas of triteness. With a sort of heavy-fisted dexterity the mutually adapted emotions of each of them became synchronized, until the unavoidable anti-climax was at hand.Anthony Powell, in Lisa Colletta Dark Humor and Social Satire in the Modern British Novel, Palgrave Macmillan, 1 October 2003, p.121
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