A Floral Guide for East Kent, Etc: Being a Record of the Habitats of Indigenous Plants Found in the Eastern Division of the County of Kent, with Those of Faversham. Together with Brief Remarks on the Uses of the Several Species in Rural Or Domestic Economy, Etc

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1839 - 98 pages
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Page vi - Neath cloistered boughs each floral bell that swingeth And tolls its perfume on the passing air Makes Sabbath in the fields, and ever ringeth A call to prayer : Not to the domes where crumbling arch and column Attest the feebleness of mortal hand, But to that fane most catholic and solemn Which God hath plann'd,— To that cathedral, boundless as our wonder, Whose quenchless lamps the sun and moon supply, Its choir the winds and waves, its organ thunder, Its dome the sky.
Page ii - ... its interesting qualities of the most gracious benignity and the most benevolent munificence. The various flowers we behold, awaken these sentiments within us, and compel our reason to make these perceptions and this inference. They are the annual heralds and ever-returning pledges to us of his continuing beneficence, of his desire to please and to benefit us, and therefore of his parental and intellectual amiabilities. They come to us, together with the attendant seasons that nurse and evolve...
Page vi - And tolls its perfume on the passing air, Makes Sabbath in the fields, and ever ringeth A call to prayer. Not to the domes where crumbling arch and column Attest the feebleness of mortal hand, But to that fane, most catholic and solemn, Which God hath planned ; To that cathedral, boundless as our wonder, Whose quenchless lamps the sun and moon supply ; Its choir the winds and waves, its organ thunder, Its dome the sky.
Page 46 - The bending willow into barks they twine, Then line the work with spoils of slaughtered kine: Such are the floats Venetian fishers know, Where in dull marshes stands the settling Po ; On such to neighboring Gaul, allured by gain, ^ The bolder Britons cross the swelling main.
Page ii - His vegetable creations — the flowers and the fruits more especially — remind and assure us of his unforgetting care, of His condescending sympathy; of His paternal attentions, and of the same affectionate benignity, still actuating His mind; which must have influenced it to design and execute such lovely and beneficent productions that display the minutest thought, most elaborate compositions, and so much personal kindness.
Page 30 - No gems can equal this brilliant and lasting ornament of the turf. When summer, with her gay companions, has deserted the woods and fields, when the completion of the harvest has robbed the landscape of its richer features, the grassy downs are still glowing with the tufted Euphrasia, which, scattered around, yet reminds us, by its beautifully varied white, of a chill, though EUPHRASIA. Eye-bright. beneficial attendant of approaching winter.
Page 41 - ... and sheep have for it, are merits which distinguish it as one of the most valuable of those grasses which affect moist rich soils and sheltered situations...
Page ii - Mind, in its contriving skill, profuse imagination, conceiving genius, and exquisite taste ; as well as its interesting qualities of the most gracious benignity and the most benevolent munificence. The various flowers we behold awaken these sentiments within us, and compel our reason to make these perceptions and this inference. They are the annual heralds and everreturning pledges to us of his continuing beneficence, of his desire to please and to benefit us, and therefore of his parental and intellectual...
Page 25 - FLOWER of the waste ! the heath-fowl shuns For thee the brake and tangled wood — To thy protecting shade she runs, Thy tender buds supply her food ; Her young forsake her downy plumes, To rest upon thy opening blooms. Flower of the desert though thou art ! The deer that range the mountain free, The graceful doe, the stately hart, Their food and shelter seek from thee ; The bee thy earliest blossom greets, And draws from thee her choicest sweets. Gem of the heath ! whose modest bloom Sheds beauty...
Page 89 - The flowers are highly fragrant, but when dried are of a narcotic scent : reduced to powder, thty excite sneezing. An extract prepared from the flowers, or from the roots, partakes of the bitterness as well as of the purgative properties of aloes. The dose from 20 to 30 grains. A beautiful and durable green colour may be prepared from the leaves by the assistance of lime.

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