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Townfolk know pleasures, country people joys.
- Minna Thomas Antrim
Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid Nature.
- William Cowper, Task
(bk. I, The Sofa, l. 181)
The town is man's world, but this (country life) is of God.
- William Cowper, Task (bk. V, l. 16)
I hate the countrie's dirt and manners, yet
I love the silence; I embrace the wit;
A courtship, flowing here in full tide.
But loathe the expense, the vanity and pride.
No place each way is happy.
- William Habington (Habbington),
To my Noblest Friend, I.C. Esquire
Far from the gay cities, and the ways of men.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
(bk. XIV, l. 410), (Pope's translation)
To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven,--to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
- John Keats (1), Sonnet XIV (l. 1)
And as I read
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
Of lark and linnet, and from every page
Rise odors of ploughed field or flowery mead.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chaucer
The country is lyric,--the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the most perfect musical drama.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh
Somewhat back from the village street
Stands the old-fashion'd country seat,
Across its antique portico
Tall poplar-trees their shadows throw;
And from its station in the hall
An ancient time-piece says to all,--
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
The Old Clock on the Stairs
Country in town.
[Lat., Rus in urbe.]
- Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
Epigrams (bk. XII, 57, 21)
None can describe the sweets of country life,
But those blest men that do enjoy and taste them
Plain husbandmen, tho' far below our pitch,
Of fortune plac'd, enjoy a wealth above us;
To whom the earth with true and bounteous justice,
Free from war's cares, returns an easy food,
They breathe the fresh and uncorrupted air,
And by clear brooks enjoy untroubled sleeps.
Their state is fearless and secure, enrich'd
With several blessings, such as greatest kings
Might in true justice envy, and themselves
Would count too happy, if they truly knew them.
- Thomas May
Mine be a cot beside the hill;
A beehive's hum shall soothe my ear;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
With many a fall, shall linger near.
- Samuel Rogers, A Wish
Nor shall Thule be the extremity of the world.
[Lat., Nec sit terris ultima Thule.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Med
(act III, 375)
Oh knew he but his happiness of men
The happiest he! who far from public rage,
Deep in the vale, with a choice few retir'd
Drinks the pure pleasures of the rural life.
- James Thomson (1)
One gets, sensitive about losing mornings after getting a little used to them with living in a country. Each one of these endlessly varied daybreaks is an opera but once performed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis