The simple admirer of the war-horse instantly fell back to a low, gaunt, switch-tailed mare, that was unconsciously gleaning the faded herbage
of the camp nigh by; where, leaning with one elbow on the blanket that concealed an apology for a saddle, he became a spectator of the departure, while a foal was quietly making its morning repast, on the opposite side of the same animal.
The buffaloes were more frequent than I have seen cattle in the settlements, browzing on the leaves of the cane, or croping the herbage
on those extensive plains, fearless, because ignorant, of the violence of man.
Golden patches of ragwort blazed here and there among a tangled mass of no doubt worthier herbage
,--such even in nature is the power of gold,--and there were the usual birds.
The air was stifling; the stone bench glittered in the sunlight; the meadow exhaled to heaven those impish vapors which dance and dart above the herbage
like silvery dust; but Genevieve seemed not to feel this all-consuming heat.
Five minutes elapsed, during which Franz saw the shepherd going along a narrow path that led over the irregular and broken surface of the Campagna; and finally he disappeared in the midst of the tall red herbage
, which seemed like the bristling mane of an enormous lion.
A vine loaded with grapes was trained and grew luxuriantly about the mouth of the cave; there were also four running rills of water in channels cut pretty close together, and turned hither and thither so as to irrigate the beds of violets and luscious herbage
over which they flowed.
Evidently she neither knew nor cared so much as a wisp of hay about Cadmus, and was only thinking how to get her living along the wayside, where the herbage
was green and fresh.
The valleys were destitute of herbage
, and scantily clothed with a stunted species of wormwood, generally known among traders and trappers by the name of sage.
I had been forced to loosen my grasp on expectation; and, but an hour ago, had sunk slackly under the discouraging thought that the current of life, and the impulse of destiny, had swept her for ever from my reach; and, behold, while bending suddenly earthward beneath the pressure of despondency--while following with my eyes the track of sorrow on the turf of a graveyard--here was my lost jewel dropped on the tear-fed herbage
, nestling in the messy and mouldy roots of yew-trees.
He burned the elms the willows and the tamarisks, the lotus also, with the rushes and marshy herbage
that grew abundantly by the banks of the river.
But perhaps there was nothing about the scenery I beheld more impressive than those silent cascades, whose slender threads of water, after leaping down the steep cliffs, were lost amidst the rich herbage
of the valley.
The thin covering of earth on the rock supported but a scanty and faded herbage
, and most of the trees that had found root in the fissures had already died, during the in tense heats of preceding summers.