Fragrant Quote for October 24th, 2012THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE HARVEST FIELD.



Harvest Moon
THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE HARVEST FIELD.
To those who have ever worked in a wheat field, it is not difficult to arouse poetic fancy in recalling the scene. The golden straw seems freighted with the fragrance of rich autumn. The scorching rays of noonday sun and the refreshing shade of the shock where the water jug nestles; the buzz of the reaper in its te deum of praise; the prickling stubble and fleeing gopher; the birds circling on wing in their playful spirit; the typical harvesthand "binding his station" or capping the shock to keep out the threatening rain—all this is the picture.
Then husking corn in the snapping cold months to come, with the ever hungry horses to keep the driver's voice in tune. All this may be too crass to be poetic, but it is the one great jubilee of the western farmers and laurels from the golden sheaf are truly his own. Lowell wrote in a burst of harvest fancy: "The plump swaing at evening bringing home four months' sunshine bound in sheaves."
The situation, too is not without its idyllic aspect. What one subject in painting  has even inspired such warm, sym thetic and wholesome admiration as that of a field? Jules Breton's "Reapers" and Dupre's "The Hay Harvest" has a fascination alike for critic, connoiseur and novice, and breathes the real and pulsating life. All these great paintings have their setting in a field, and so with many of the masterpieces. One who has never felt the warm, gentle breath of a harvest breeze finds a subtle pleasure in even a suggestion recalling the scene. Close to Nature in God's own Garden. The romantic and idyllic painting of European peasantry and views of the great wheat fields of our own West seem to blend into one grand symphony. It may take statistics to give the details of the great harvest, but there is another aspect often overlooked in coldblooded business calculations, and that is the spirit of hope and cheerfulness which is no small factor in determining individual and national welfare. There is a cheerful suggestiveness in "Hail to the Harvest Moon" that compensates for the sad and fading reveries of autumn.
National magazine ..., Volume 9
 By Arthur Wellington Brayley, Arthur Wilson Tarbell, Joe Mitchell Chapple