Field and Hedgerow: Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

Field and Hedgerow: Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

by Richard Jefferies

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For permission to reprint my husband's latest Essays my sincere thanks are due to the Editors of the following publications:-
The Fortnightly Review.
Manchester Guardian.
Pall Mall Gazette.
Standard.
English Illustrated Magazine.
Longman's Magazine.
St. James's Gazette.
Art Journal.
Chambers's Journal.
Magazine of Art.
Century Illustrated Magazine.

J.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781976243783
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/09/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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THE COUNTRY SUNDAY. Roses bloomed on every bush, and some of the great hawthorns up which the briars had climbed seemed all flowers. The white and pink-white petals of the June roses adhered all over them, almost as if they had been artificially gummed or papered on so as to hide the leaves. Such a profusion of wild-rose bloom is rarely seen. On the Sunday morning, as on a week-day morning, they were entirely unnoticed, and might be said in their turn to take no heed of the sanctified character of the day. With a rush like a sudden thought the white- barred cave-swallows came down the arid road and rose again into the air as easily as a man dives into the water. Dark specks beneath the white summer clouds, the swifts, the black albatross of our skies, moved on their unwearied wings. Like the albatross that floats over the ocean and sleeps on the wing, the swift's scimitar- like pinions are careless of repose. Once now and then they came down to earth, not, as might be supposed, to the mansion or the church tower, but to the low tiled roof of an ancient cottage which they fancied for their home. Kings sometimes affect to mix with their subjects ; these birds that aspire to the extreme height of the air frequently nest'in the roof of a despised tenement, inhabited by an old woman who never sees them. The corn was green and tall, the hops looked well, the foxglove was stirring, the delicious atmosphere of summer, sun-laden and scented, filled the deep valleys ; a morning of the richest beauty and deepest repose. All things reposed but man, and man is so busy with his vulgar aims that it quite dawns upon many people as a wonderful surprise how still nature is on a Sunday morning.Nature is absolutely still every day of the week, and proceeds with the most absolute indifference to d...

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