Sylva Florifera; The Shrubbery Historically and Botanically Treated with Observations on the Formation of Ornamental Plantations, and Picturesque Scenery

Sylva Florifera; The Shrubbery Historically and Botanically Treated with Observations on the Formation of Ornamental Plantations, and Picturesque Scenery

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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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ... seem to defy the most profane hand to pluck them. In these winding paths, where contemplation loves to dwell, we could not forbear reciting these lines of " L'abbe de la Chassagne: " Roses, en qui je vois paroitre Un eclat si vif et si doux, Vous mourrez bientot; mais peut-etre Dois-je mourir plutot que vous! La mort, que mon ame redoute, Peut m'arriver incessamment. Vous mourrez en un jour, sans doute, Et moi peut-etre en un moment!" At this instant we found a funeral procession slowly winding towards us, amid the monumental stones, and avenues of trees, to avoid which, we ascended the height, where our attention was attracted by a grave covered with fresh moss, and thickly strewed with the most odorous white flowers, such as the orange-blossom, jasmine, myrtle, and white rose. At each corner stood white porcelain vases, filled with similar flowers, all of pure white; the whole was covered with a fence of wire-work; and the monument was without a name, and had only this simple and pathetic inscription, " Fille cherie--avec toi mes beaux jours sont passes! 5. Juin, 1819." We were told that the afflicted parent still continued to indulge in the sad duty of replenishing the grave with fresh flowers, at the earliest opening of the gates of this melancholy garden of graves. The most trivial objects will sometimes make impressions on the mind, even against our reason, and it is with difficulty we avoid sensations of affliction, when we now look upon bouquets of colourless flowers, whereas others equally enliven us; but these, too forcibly remind us of the elegant child with whom we can no more tread the consecrated ground of Pere la Chaise. The Mexicans, says the Abbe Clavigero, have from time immemorial studied the...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535642
  • 9781236535641