Friday, May 31, 2013


Only Fields and Woods

Richard Jefferies (1848-1887), "Walks in the Wheat Fields," Field and Hedgerow, 2nd ed. (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889), pp. 121-156 (at 125):
I wish the trees, the elms, would grow tall enough and thick enough to hide the steeples and towers which stand up so stiff and stark, and bare and cold, some of them blunted and squab, some of them sharp enough to impale, with no more shape than a walking-stick, ferrule upwards—every one of them out of proportion and jarring to the eye. If by good fortune you can find a spot where you cannot see a steeple or a church tower, where you can see only fields and woods, you will find it so much more beautiful, for nature has made it of its kind perfect. The dim sea is always so beautiful a view because it is not disfigured by these buildings.

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