The Life of the Fields

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THE

Life of the Fields

By RICHARD JEFFERIES

AUTHOR OF "THE GAMEKEEPER AT HOME," "NATURE NEAR LONDON," "RED DEER," "THE STORY OF MY HEART: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY," ETC.


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London

CHATTO AND WINDUS, PICCADILLY

1884

[All rights reserved]


NOTE.

My thanks are due to those Editors who have so kindly permitted me to reprint the following pages:—"The Field-Play" appeared in Time; "Bits of Oak Bark" and "The Pageant of Summer," in Longman^s Magazine; "Meadow Thoughts" and "Mind under Water," in The Graphic; "Clematis Lane," "Nature near Brighton," "Sea, Sky, and Down," "January in the Sussex Woods," and "By the Exe," in The Standard; "Notes on Landscape Painting," in The Magazine of Art; "Village Miners," in The Gentleman's Magazine; "Nature and the Gamekeeper," "The Sacrifice to Trout," "The Hovering of the Kestrel," and "Birds Climbing the Air," in The St. James's Gazette; "Sport and Science," in The National Review; "The Water-Colley," in The Manchester Guardian; "Country Literature," "Sunlight in a London Square," "Venice in the East End," "The Pigeons at the British Museum," and "The Plainest City in Europe," in The Pall Mall Gazette.

RICHARD JEFFERIES.


CONTENTS.

PAGE
THE FIELD-PLAY 1
I. Uptill-a-Thorn 1
II. Rural Dynamite 10
BITS OF OAK BARK 26
I. The Acorn-Gatherer 26
II. The Legend of a Gateway 30
III. A Roman Brook 36
THE PAGEANT OF SUMMER 41
MEADOW THOUGHTS 65
CLEMATIS LANE 78
NATURE NEAR BRIGHTON 87
SEA, SKY, AND DOWN 99
JANUARY IN THE SUSSEX WOODS 106
BY THE EXE 114
THE WATER-COLLEY 127
NOTES ON LANDSCAPE PAINTING 132
VILLAGE MINERS 146
MIND UNDER WATER 160
SPORT AND SCIENCE 180
NATURE AND THE GAMEKEEPER 191
THE SACRIFICE TO TROUT 197
THE HOVERING OF THE KESTREL 203
BIRDS CLIMBING THE AIR 210
COUNTRY LITERATURE 215
I. The Awakening 215
II. Scarcity of Books 221
III. The Villager's Taste in Reading 227
IV. Plan of Distribution 233
SUNLIGHT IN A LONDON SQUARE 239
VENICE IN THE EAST END 245
THE PIGEONS AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM 252
THE PLAINEST CITY IN EUROPE 257


This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.