Arboretum et fruticetum britannicum, Volume 2

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Page 900 - small fires, and one large one, are lighted up. The attendants, headed by the master of the family, pledge the company in old cider, which circulates freely on these occasions. A circle is formed round the large fire, when a general shout and hallooing takes place, which you hear answered from all the adjacent villages and fields. Sometimes
Page 919 - Near Boitpoor, in Upper India, " I passed a fine tree of the Mimosa, with leaves, at a little distance, so much resembling those of the mountain ash, that I was for a moment deceived, and asked if it did not bring fruit ? They answered no ; but that it was a
Page 786 - is enchanted by the wild and beautiful notes of multitudes of nightingales, whose warblings seem to increase in melody and softness with the unfolding of their favourite flowers. Here, indeed, the stranger is more powerfully reminded that he is in the genuine country of the nightingale and the rose." (Persia in Miniature, vol. iii.)
Page 919 - of which I make no question. I was amused and surprised to find the superstition, which in England and Scotland attaches to the rowan tree, here applied to a tree of similar form. Which nation has been, in this case, the imitator ; or from what common centre are all these notions derived
Page 1105 - highest beauty, decorating the marshy grounds in a most agreeable manner. The flowers are quite blood-red before they expand ; but, when full grown, the corolla is of a flesh-colour. Scarcely any painter's art can so happily imitate the beauty of a fine female complexion; still
Page 1045 - As woodbine weds the plant within her reach, Rough elm, or smooth-grain'd ash, or glossy beech, In spiral rings ascends the trunk, and lays Her golden tassels on the leafy sprays ; But
Page 901 - of a roasted crab ; And, when she drinks, against her lips I bob, And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale.
Page 919 - The last line of this stanza leads to the true reading of a line in Shakspeare's tragedy of Macbeth. The sailor's wife, on the witch's requesting some chestnuts, hastily answers, ' A rown tree, witch ! ' but all the editions have it ' Aroint thee, witch ! ' which is nonsense, and evidently a corruption.
Page 900 - order to make them bear well the next season. This salutation consists in throwing some of the cider about the roots of the tree, placing bits of the toast on the branches ; and then, forming themselves into a ring, they, like the bards of old, set up their voices, and sing a song, which may be found in Brand's Popular Antiquities.
Page 897 - yellow, and the taste rich, and somewhat astringent. " Apples of a small size are always, if equal in quality, to be preferred to those of a larger size, in order that the rind and kernel may bear the greatest proportion to the pulp, which affords the weakest and most watery juice.

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