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Wild Flowers

Richard Jefferies, from his essay “Wild Flowers”

Apr 18, 2010

Posted by Peter Falkenberg Brown

The nineteenth century naturist, Richard Jefferies, wrote in hisessay “Wild Flowers”:

“If we had never before looked upon the earth, but suddenly cameto it man or woman grown, set down in the midst of a summer mead, would it not seem to us a radiant vision? The hues, the shapes, the song and life of birds, above all the sunlight, the breath of heaven, resting on it; the mind would be filled with its glory, unable to grasp it, hardly believing that such things could be mere matter and no more. Like a dream of some spirit-land it would appear, scarce fit to be touched lest it should fall to pieces, too beautiful to be long watched lest it should fade away.”

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