Excerpt from The Scourge-Stick
Spring spreads abroad her pleasant odours: the birds are mating: roses play the wanton to bees and butter¿ies: the orange blossoms in the harem-garden are dropping from around the young fruit: the fig-trees are green, and the vines are putting f... orth leaves and have tender grapes.
Softly through my closed jalousies steals the glad Southern sunshine; and with caress as gentle as a lover's kiss upon the cheek of his sleeping mistress, the warm wind from the Medi terranean plays upon my face. It bears upon its breath the wooing murmur of palm leaves, the fragrance of mimosa, the dreamy break of tideless waves upon the shore, and thrills my senses again with the dear scents and sounds of this well-loved Blue Land.
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