The Herb of Love

The Herb of Love

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...during the moonlit evenings of June, the song oftl1eg1"psygirl: --"Some love the nut-brown maidens, some love the fresh and fair, But 'tis a gi sy's daughter for whom my heart dotii care. It sham'th me to confess it, it shames me this to say, But ever to keep silence doth eat my soul away." Giannios after that night of licence did not see the gipsy girl again. Upon a pretence that he wanted his brother's axe he went to the_gipsy's hut, but he found it closed, and learnt upon inquiry that the tinker had gone to the village Tsapournia, and was making the circuit of the villages in the interior in search of work. The shepherd now found himself at that point when separation gives to love a sharper edge, as the wheel sharpens a knife. On one side there was a doubt as to the feelings with which he was regarded by the girl after the scenes of that night, and on the other side the inability to see her again in order to pro pitiate her if there should be any necessity, and these two, like the jaws of a pair-of pincers, held the young man's heart tightly in their grip. Leaving his flock alone in the wood, be rushed again to the gipsy's hut. He found there only iron filings, and learnt that the daughter had gone gleaning in the newlyreaped fields of Gouva--that is to say, she was gathering up wheat-ears that were forgotten, or that-had escaped the sickle, or had been scattered about in the carrying. The shepherd did not sleep that night. On the one hand he was disturbed by the idea that in some hours he would again see those blue eyes of the gipsy maiden, on the other, he considered how to find suflicient justification with which to soothe her if she were still incensed against him. After...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236874013
  • 9781236874016