skirting the inferior sideway terraces of pastures ; where the multiple and most sterile inodorous immortalness of the small, white flower furnished no aliment for the mild cow's meditative cud. But here and there you still might smell from far the sweet aromaticness of clumps of catnip, that dear farm-house herb. Soon you would see the modest verdure of the plant itself ; and wheresoever you saw that sight, old foundation stones and rotting timbers of log-houses long extinct would also meet your eye ; their desolation illy hid by the green solicitudes of the unemigrating herb. Most fitly named the catnip ; since, like the unrunagate cat, though all that 's human forsake the place, that plant will long abide, long bask and bloom on the abandoned hearth. Illy hid ; for every spring the amaranthine and celestial flower gained on the mortal household herb ; for every autumn the catnip died, but never an autumn made the amaranth to wane. The catnip and the amaranth !—man's earthly household peace, and the ever-encroaching appetite for God.
No more now you sideways followed the sad pasture's skirt, but took your way adown the long declivity, fronting the mystic height. In mid field again you paused among the recumbent sphinx-like shapes thrown off from the rocky steep. You paused ; fixed by a form defiant, a form of awfulness. You saw Enceladus the Titan, the most potent of all the giants, writhing from out the imprisoning earth ;—turbaned with upborne moss he writhed ; still, though armless, resisting with his whole striving trunk, the Pelion and the Ossa hurled back at him ;—turbaned with upborne moss he writhed ; still turning his unconquerable front toward that majestic mount eternally in vain assailed by him, and which, when it had stormed him off, had heaved his undoffable incubus upon him, and deridingly left him there to bay out his ineffectual howl.