Hardwicke's Science Gossip Volume 3

Hardwicke's Science Gossip Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...more than flowers; the host was put to an enormous expense by having his fountains flinging up rose water. While the jets were pouring out the fragrant liquid, while rose-leaves were on the ground, in the cushions on which the guests lay, hanging in garlands on their brows, and in wreaths around their necks, the couleur de rose pervaded the dinner itself, and a rose pudding challenged the appetites of the guests. To encourage digestion there was rose wine, which Heliogabahis was not only simple enough to drink, but extravagant enough to bathe in. He went even further, by having the public swimming-baths filled with wine of roses and absinth. After breathing, wearing, eating, drinking, lying on, walking over, and sleeping upon roses, it is not wonderful that the unhappy ancient grew sick. His medical man gave him immediately a rose draught: whatever he ailed the rose was made in some fashion to enter into the remedy for his recovery. If the patient died, as he naturally would, then of him, more than of any other, it might be truly said he Died of a rose in aromatic pain. In almost all Oriental poetry and romance the Bulbul, or nightingale, as it is erroneously called, is associated with the rose. "You may place a hundred handfuls of fragrant herbs and flowers before the nightingale, yet he wishes not in his constant heart for more than the sweet breath of his beloved rose;" or, as Moore has expressed the same sentiment--though rich the spot With every flower this earth has grot. What is it to the nightingale If there his darling rose is not? Advantage is taken of the same belief by Lord Byron in his " Bride of Abydos," wherein Zuleika plucks a rose and offers it to Selim, seated at his feet, pleading through the simile of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 422g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607031
  • 9781236607034