I am like my father--witless in matters of the heart, and of a poor way with women; yet the jewels that strew
these royal garden paths--the trees, the flowers, the sward--all must have read the love that has filled my heart since first my eyes were made new by imaging your perfect face and form; so how could you alone have been blind to it?
To cluster round it, and embrace it, and strew
flowers for it to tread on.
The wood is alive with them, and full of confused noises: the occasional rattle of wheels as a battery of artillery goes into position to cover the advance; the hum and murmur of the soldiers talking; a sound of innumerable feet in the dry leaves that strew
the interspaces among the trees; hoarse commands of officers.
He was very respectful, exceedingly respectful, when he declared, as you were a witness to; still at the same time, if I am to be persecuted in this way, if vegetable what's-his-names and all kinds of garden-stuff are to strew
my path out of doors, and gentlemen are to come choking up our chimneys at home, I really don't know--upon my word I do NOT know--what is to become of me.
This is the custom of sending on a basket-woman, who is to precede the pomp at a coronation, and to strew
the stage with flowers, before the great personages begin their procession.