Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis) in Literature


Cape Argentiera in North West Sardinia Sassari province/Rosemary

Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis) in Literature

Over the crest of Capo d' Orlando and many another headland it climbs, as if its main object were to take one up into the clear, silent air, over the sweet-smelling brushwood, where myrtle and rosemary scent the air, and the white gum-cistus grows like a weed
Naples; past and present
By Arthur Hamilton Norway

It is the spot whither we drive with our friends from afar. It is difficult, indeed, to keep down the rising glow of pride which possesses us as we drive through the long, shaded boulevards, where the lolling lily and the rosemary scent in the air and nod familiarly in the breeze.
History of Henry County, Illinois, Volume 1
By Henry L. Kiner

I pressed the whitey-green leavest between my fingers and they exhaled a pungent, camphor-like odor ; for overhanging the door grew
" The basil tuft that waves
Its fragrant blossom over graves,
And, too, the humble rosemary,
Whose sweets so thanklessly are shed
To scent the desert and the dead. "
Rosemary and rue
By Elizabeth Williams Champney

And that night, as she lay in Marie Bonnet's rosemary-scented linen sheets, with the starlight stealing in the casement, and the scent of the hay mingling with the breath of the night, she lived that hour again and her heart was very humble in that joy...
The splendid chance
By Mary Hastings Bradley

Of course there were roses then and pinks, and sometimes we put in herbs for sweetness and memory, cottage scents of rosemary, southernwood and lavender that might bring a tide of remembrance out of the far off past to those who had been born in country homes.
The Churchman's companion

Myrtle is knee deep, Rosemary and Marjoram root into every cleft, and a thousand other herbs grow rank along the mountain side and fill the dewy air of morn and eve with thymy fragrances blown out of each hollow and ravine.
The book of the scented garden ...
By Frederick William Burbidge

The cry of ' Rosemary and lavender ' was a very common one in old days, and the streets and alleys of old London, we read, were sweet with the scent of these popular herbs, without which no good housewife thought her linen closet complete.
Chatterbox

Does not the lavender suggest the thought of a neat and peaceful interior ; and the rosemary, perfume of holy night, does it not awaken the wholesome and sacred thoughts of that season ?
New Catholic world, Volume 3

Oh,if one was enthusiastically fond of natural beauties, one would never quit the Bochheta of Genoa, where the clouds veil the hill, and the strawberry-trees, glowing wild like our furze bushes, help to adorn it ; where balm and rosemary perfume the road, and fill the little ditches, that in England are deformed by nettles, ...
The Eclectic magazine of foreign literature, science, and art, Volume 21

What can be more delightful than the grateful odours of the new-mown hay, or the exquisite fragrance of the thyme, sage and rosemary, which flourish in the most uncultivated parts of our gardens ?
The Manchester iris, Volume 1

Each held in her hand a nose-gay of rosemary, whose fragrance they inhaled from time to time, all the while conversing in a low voice and contemplating the group of riders with increasing curiosity.
The Mysteries of the People: The Carlovingian coins
By Eugène Sue

October had a wealth of flowers, the spicy odours of box borders, the pungent scent of lavender and rosemary, and the fragrance of sweet briar and honeysuckle.
The man who did the right thing: a romance
By Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston

But it was only the night wind swaying the rosemary branches, lending their fragrance to the stars. " Rosemary for remembrance," she said; " is there anything to help me to forget?" She shut the cottage door and went back to her prayers.
Mirry-Ann: a Manx story



Rosemary has been a favorite subject with many English poets, particularly Herrick and Shenstone. It is very partial to gardens over which sea breezes blow; and I have seen cliffs which were wet with the spray of high tides covered with this delightful plant, whose fragrance is often the first land perfume that greets the homeward bound. I am astonished that rosemary (dew of the sea) is not a greater favorite with married ladies; for it is a universal tradition, "if rosemary flourishes in the garden, then the lady rules the house." And how do we know what occult power is hidden in a sprig of rosemary? Surely, it is a fair and fragrant scepter. Bees are exceedingly fond of rosemary, and the far-famed honey of Narbonne derives its exquisite flavor from the abundance of this herb in the vicinity. realities: tales of truth and fancy

Romances and realities: tales of truth and fancy
By Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

They sailed up the shallow Delaware Bay, where a Penn, who was "mightier than the sword," had subdued the savages by his gentle spirit and had made the flat shores peaceful for the habitation of these strangers. They settled in what is now called Germantown, and soon their little cottages were surrounded by gardens where the rosemary wafted its fragrance on the air, and where no doubt the cabbage lifted its astonished head above the ground, little dreaming that some day it would be " monarch of all it surveyed."
On the trail of the immigrant
By Edward Alfred Steiner

Mother always had a spray of rosemary and a pink folded in her handkerchief when we started for the meeting-house, and some caraway-seed in her pocket, which she gave me now and then during the service when she saw I was almost asleep. I taste them now; and smell the rosemary and the pinks, and the pine odors coming in at the open window, and the varnish on the pews, all mingled together. And I hear the creaking of the women's fans, and the horses whinnying under the shed behind the meeting-house, and the minister's droning voice-—how it all comes back to me.
The Outlook, Volume 62, Part 1
By Francis Rufus Bellamy


Wonderful, indeed, is the variety of odours in the vegetable kingdom, and the sweet perfumeof flowers is no less remarkable than the brilliancy of their lovely hues. Indeed, there is as much variety in the odours of flowers as in the flowers themselves. The extreme subtlety of the particles which flowers exhale, is such, that the smell of the rosemary which grows in Provence reaches twenty miles beyond sea; and a grain of amber can fill a room twenty feet square, and fifteen feet high, with its perfume.
A dictionary of mechanical science, arts, manufactures, and ..., Volume 2
By Alexander Jamieson