I guess the pussy-willows now Are creeping out on every bough Along the brook; and robins look For early worms behind the plough. The flocks of young anemones Are dancing round the budding trees: Who can help wishing to go a-fishing In days as full of joy as these?
PDF The man who made that kindly human prayer knew the meaning of white heather.
And I dare to hope that I too have known something of its meaning, since that evening when the Mistress of the Glen picked the spray and gave it to me on the lonely moor. And if you have left any misunderstandings behind you, you will try to clear them up; and if there have been any quarrels, you will heal them.
Carry this little flower with you. And that is what I am wishing for you and yours with this bit of white heather. The railway crawls over it on a long bridge at Metapedia, and you are dropped in the darkness somewhere between midnight and dawn.
When you open your window-shutters the next morning, you see that the village is a disconsolate hamlet, scattered along the track as if it had been shaken by chance from an open freight-car; it consists of twenty houses, three shops, and a discouraged church perched upon a little hillock like a solitary mourner on the anxious seat.
Here it was that I found my friend Favonius, president of solemn societies, pillar of church and state, ingenuously arrayed in gray knickerbockers, a flannel shirt, and a soft hat, waiting to take me on his horse-yacht for a voyage up the river.LITTLE RIVERS. A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things.
It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay.
Little Rivers: A Book of Essays in Profitable Idleness [Henry Van Dyke] on initiativeblog.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The classic of the woods and streams, American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie wrote: "It 5/5(1).
Van Dyke has both the heart and the touch of an artist; he feels instinctively the charm of the world of woods and waters; he has a loving companionship with all sound human living, and he has the magic of style.
'Little Rivers' is not only 'a book of essays in Reviews: 1. Written in the late s, this book is a travelogue in so many ways. Travel to Canada, the Maritimes, the Adirondacks, northern Italy, Austria.
Enjoy the countryside, smell the flowers, listen to the birds, do a little fishing, fry up those trou A former student recommended this book to me, and I am glad he did/5. Just the sub title alone, "Essays on Profitable Idleness" gives the reader an idea of his humor and humbleness.
Reverend Van Dyke writes in poetic prose. This book and was written in late 's but his travel and adventures from Austria to Canada and New England would challenge anyone initiativeblog.coms: 1. Book from Project Gutenberg: Little Rivers: A Book of Essays in Profitable Idleness Prelude -- Little rivers -- A leaf of spearmint -- Ampersand -- A handful of heather -- The ristigouche from a horse-yacht -- Alpenrosen and goat's milk -- Au large -- Trout-fishing in the Traun -- At the Sign of the Balsam Bough -- A song after sundown.