Star Papers; Or, Experiences of Art and Nature

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XXIV. A WALK AMONG TREES.

August 17, 1854.

EVERY one who has read the life of Sir Walter Scott well remembers his love of trees. He used to say that, of all his compositions, he was the most proud of his compositions -- for making trees grow. There is yet at East-Hampton, on Long Island, flourishing in a hearty age, an orchard set out by the hands of my father And he used often to say, that, after an absence from home, the first impulse, after greeting his own family, was to go out and examine each tree in his orchard, from root to top. No man that ever planted a tree or loved one but knows how to sympathize with this feeling. A tree that you have planted is born to you. It becomes a member of your family, and looks to you as a child for care and love. Oliver Wendell Holmes spends his summer months upon a beautiful farm near Pittsfield, on which are half a hundred acres of the original forest-trees, some of them doubtless five hundred years old; trees that heard the Revolutionary cannon, (or heard of them,) that heard before that, the crack of the rifle in early colonial Indian wars, when Miahcomo, with his fugitive Pequots, took refuge in the Berkshire hills. It is said that Dr. Holmes has measured with a tape-line every tree on his place, and knows each one of them with intimate personal acquaintance. If he has not, he ought to do it.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents 7
  • I- Ruins of Kenilworth. -- Warwick Castle. 9
  • II- A Sabbath at Stratford-On-Avon. 27
  • III- Oxford. 41
  • IV- The Louvre -- Luxembourg Gallery. 56
  • V- The Louvre. 70
  • VI- London National Gallery. 77
  • I- A Discourse of Flowers. 93
  • II- Death in the Country. 106
  • III- Inland Vs. Seashore. 110
  • IV- New England Graveyards. 121
  • V- Towns and Trees. 129
  • VI- The First Breath in the Country. 137
  • VII- Trouting. 144
  • VIII- A Ride. 152
  • IX- The Mountain Stream. 161
  • X- A Country Ride. 172
  • XI- Farewell to the Country. 182
  • XII- School Reminiscence. 189
  • Xiii. The Value of Birds. 194
  • Xiv. A Rough Picture from Life. 197
  • Xv. A Ride to Fort Hamilton. 201
  • Xvi. Sights from My Window. 211
  • Xvii. The Death of Our Almanac. 1853. 218
  • Xviii. Fog in the Harbor. 226
  • Xix. The Morals of Fishing. 231
  • Xx. The Wanderings of a Star. 240
  • Xxi. Book-Stores, Books. 250
  • Xxii. Gone to the Country. 256
  • Xxiii. Dream-Culture. 263
  • Xxiv. A Walk Among Trees. 271
  • Xxv. Building a House. 285
  • Xxvi. Christian Liberty in the Use of the Beautiful. 293
  • Xxvii. Nature a Minister of Happiness. 303
  • Xxviii. Springs and Solitudes. 314
  • Xxix. Mid-October Days. 324
  • Xxx. A Moist Letter. 336
  • Xxxi. Frost in the Window. 344
  • Xxxii. Snow-Storm Traveling. 348
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