Thursday, February 13, 2014


Sylvan Happiness

John Aubrey (1626-1697), The Natural History of Wiltshire, ed. John Britton (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, 1847), pp. 107-108 (from Part II, Chapter VIII = The Downes):
[M]ethinkes he is much more happy in a wood that at ease contemplates the universe as his own, and in it the sunn and starrs, the pleasing meadows, shades, groves, green banks, stately trees, flowing springs, and the wanton windings of a river, fit objects for quiet innocence, than he that with fire and sword disturbs the world, and measures his possessions by the wast that lies about him.

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