Fragrant Quote for May 13th, 2012- Prose writings of Bayard Taylor ... By Bayard Taylor

Fragrant Quote for May 13th, 2012-
Prose writings of Bayard Taylor ...
By Bayard Taylor
To me, there is no delight of the senses quite equal to that of inhaling the fragrance of the wild California herb— the "yerba buena" of the Spaniards, the "tar weed" of the Pikes. It is a whitish, woolly plant, resembling life everlasting, and exudes, when mature, a thick aromatic gum. For leagues on leagues ...the air is flavored with it— a rich, powerful, balsamic smell, almost a taste, which seems to dilate the lungs like mild ether. To inhale such an air is perfect ecstasy. It does not cloy, like other odors; but strengthens with a richer tonic than the breath of budding pines. If Life had a characteristic scent, this would be it: that a man should die while breathing it, seems incredible. A lady with weak nerves informed me that it made her sick -—but some persons "die of a rose, in aromatic pain." To me, it stirs the blood like a trumpet, and makes the loftiest inspiration easy. I write poems, I paint pictures, I carve statues, I create history. If I should live to be old, and feel my faculties failing, I shall go back to restore the sensations of youth in that wonderful air.