Thence she started on foot, basket in hand, to reach the wide upland of heath dividing this district from the low-lying meads
of a further valley in which the dairy stood that was the aim and end of her day's pilgrimage.
Spite of this frigid winter night in the boisterous Atlantic, spite of my wet feet and wetter jacket, there was yet, it then seemed to me, many a pleasant haven in store; and meads
and glades so eternally vernal, that the grass shot up by the spring, untrodden, unwilted, remains at midsummer.
It was as though he had sailed for many years over a great waste of waters, with peril and privation, and at last had come upon a fair haven, but as he was about to enter, some contrary wind had arisen and drove him out again into the open sea; and because he had let his mind dwell on these soft meads
and pleasant woods of the land, the vast deserts of the ocean filled him with anguish.
Around the nicest green meads
, where the deer were playing in the grass, grew magnificent oaks and beeches; and if the bark of one of the trees was cracked, there grass and long creeping plants grew in the crevices.
Mead, a little oddly, his eyes resting on Miss Polly, who, with a vivid blush, had turned hastily away.
Mead had to stay--he had caught Miss Polly as she fell.
Will you not give her a glass of mead? But you will have to speak loud, for she is very hard of hearing.'
'Oh yes, certainly I will!' said the host; and, pouring out a large glass of mead, he took it out to the dead grandmother, who was sitting upright in the cart.
"One more round of mead
or ale and the score to the last comer."
The common drink of the Abyssins is beer and mead
, which they drink to excess when they visit one another; nor can there be a greater offence against good manners than to let the guests go away sober: their liquor is always presented by a servant, who drinks first himself, and then gives the cup to the company, in the order of their quality.
Do thou, sweet Zephyrus, rising from thy fragrant bed, mount the western sky, and lead on those delicious gales, the charms of which call forth the lovely Flora from her chamber, perfumed with pearly dews, when on the 1st of June, her birth-day, the blooming maid, in loose attire, gently trips it over the verdant mead
, where every flower rises to do her homage, till the whole field becomes enamelled, and colours contend with sweets which shall ravish her most.
On the tray was a bottle of herb wine, different kinds of vodka, pickled mushrooms, rye cakes made with buttermilk, honey in the comb, still mead
and sparkling mead
, apples, nuts (raw and roasted), and nut-and-honey sweets.