Tea, its mystery and history

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Simpkin, 1878 - 92 pages
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Page 34 - Tea in England hath been sold in the leaf for six pounds, and sometimes for ten pounds the pound weight, and in respect of its former scarceness and dearness it hath been only used as a regalia in high treatments and entertainments, and presents made thereof to princes and grandees, till the year 1657.
Page 83 - In the life of most persons a period arrives when the stomach no longer digests enough of the ordinary elements of food, to make up for the natural daily waste of the bodily substance. The size and weight of the body, therefore, begin to diminish more or less perceptibly. At this period tea...
Page 77 - ... enable the less energetic powers of digestion still to supply as much as is needed to repair the wear and tear of the solid tissues. No wonder, therefore, that tea should be a favourite, on the one hand, with the poor, whose supplies of substantial food are scanty — and on the other, with the aged and infirm, especially of the feebler sex, whose powers of digestion and whose bodily substance have together begun to fail.
Page 34 - ... into those Eastern countries, and upon knowledge and experience of the said Garway's continued care and industry in obtaining the best tea, and making drink thereof, very many noblemen, physicians, merchants, and gentlemen of quality, have ever since sent to him for the said leaf, and daily resort to his house in Exchange Alley, aforesaid, to drink the drink thereof...
Page 68 - Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
Page 32 - Scordium, myrtle, or Sumack ; and is judged to be a kind of Sumack. This plant hath been reported to grow wild only, but doth not ; for they plant it in their gardens, about four foot distance, and it groweth about four foot high ; and of the seeds they maintain and increase their stock. Of all places in China this plant groweth in greatest plenty in the province of Xenisi, latitude .10, bordering upon the west of the province of Namking, near the city of Lucheu, the Island de Ladrones, and Japan,...
Page 66 - Here thou, great ANNA ! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take — and sometimes tea.
Page 67 - Where, with delight, instructions we enjoy, Quaffing, without the waste of time or wealth, • . The sovereign drink of pleasure and of health.
Page 19 - Chinese (says he,) have an herb, out of which they press a delicate juice, which serves them for drink instead of wine ; it also preserves their health, and frees them from all those evils which the immoderate use of wine produces among us.
Page 28 - I sent for a cup of tea (a Chinese drink), of which I had never drank before.

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