V. MINERALOGY.--Precious Stones of the United States.--A review of Mr. G.F. KUNZ'S recent report on this subject.
he has gott a tune: I doe not thinke but thou wilt leave thy law And exercise thy talent in composeing Some treatises against long haire and drinking That most unchristian weed yclipt tobacco; Preach to the puisnes of the Inne sobrietie, And abstinence from shaveing of lewd Baylies That will come shortlie to your Chamber doores And there with reverence entreat your worships Come forth and be arrested,--precious tappoles!
Sprecious, 'tis true, So might'st thou finely overrun thine errand.
O Stephen, darling,--precious, brave, strong darling!
To the Zion of the Holy One of Israel shall the Gentiles come with their precious offerings. "
And whan thei ben nyghe him, with the cros, thanne he dothe a down his galaothe, that syt upon his hede, in manere of a chapelet, that is made of gold and preciouse stone and grete perles.
But the church which he attended was mysteriously robbed; its altar was stripped of everything precious,--gold, jewels, paintings,--when none but himself had had access to the church unobserved.
Now," said Sir Gawaine, "we have been served this day of what meats and drinks we thought on, but one thing beguiled us: we might not see the Holy Grail, it was so preciously covered; wherefore I will make here avow, that to-morn, without longer abiding, I shall labour in the quest of the Sancgreal, that I shall hold me out a twelvemonth and a day, or more if need be, and never shall I return again unto the court till I have seen it more openly than it hath been seen here; and if I may not speed, I shall return again as he that may not be against the will of our Lord Jesu Christ."
Impressionistic as he was in life, on the other hand, curiously, Aylmer's real taste in art and decoration was Pre-Raphaelite; delicate, detailed and meticulous almost to preciousness.
To me he gave a copy--how precious!--of his Greek Testament.
As the Florentine in the Inferno saw the souls of unfortunate lovers borne upon a whirlwind, so have I seen all things fair and precious,--outpourings of wealth,--all the talents,--all the offerings of duty and devotion,--angelic graces of person and of soul,--borne and swept violently around on the circular gale.