I guess the princess gave him a posy, and opened the gate after a while," said Laurie, smiling to himself, as he threw acorns
at his tutor.
So he flew down and got that acorn, and fetched it up and dropped it in, and was just tilting his head back, with the heavenliest smile on his face, when all of a sudden he was paralyzed into a listening attitude and that smile faded gradually out of his countenance like breath off'n a razor, and the queerest look of surprise took its place.
So he flew off and fetched another acorn and dropped it in, and tried to flirt his eye to the hole quick enough to see what become of it, but he was too late.
All this long harangue (which might very well have been spared) our knight delivered because the acorns
they gave him reminded him of the golden age; and the whim seized him to address all this unnecessary argument to the goatherds, who listened to him gaping in amazement without saying a word in reply.
The nymph with the bodice of oaken bark (she was the hamadryad of an oak) threw a handful of acorns
among them; and the two and twenty hogs scrambled and fought for the prize, as if they had tasted not so much as a noggin of sour milk for a twelvemonth.
The earth bears them victual in plenty, and on the mountains the oak bears acorns
upon the top and bees in the midst.
According to Evelyn, "the wise Solomon prescribed ordinances for the very distances of trees; and the Roman praetors have decided how often you may go into your neighbor's land to gather the acorns
which fall on it without trespass, and what share belongs to that neighbor.
To hear acorns
at their summit, and bees I the middle; And the sheep the bowed down bowed the with the their fleeces.
The small prepostors dash in every now and then, and generally chastise some quiet, timid boy who is equally afraid of acorns
and canes, while the principal performers get dexterously out of the way.
Or is it this: To feed on the acorns
and grass of knowledge, and for the sake of truth to suffer hunger of soul?
Food, however, became scarce, and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns
to assuage the pangs of hunger.
At no Mother's knee but hers had he ever dwelt in his youth on hopeful promises, on playful fancies, on the harvests of tenderness and humility that lie hidden in the early-fostered seeds of the imagination; on the oaks of retreat from blighting winds, that have the germs of their strong roots in nursery acorns