This was the first fruits
and the last of my reading of Dante, in verse, and it was not so like Dante as I would have liked to make it; but Dante is not easy to imitate; he is too unconscious, and too single, too bent upon saying the thing that is in him, with whatever beauty inheres in it, to put on the graces that others may catch.
It seemed that when the Lady Maud had not returned to the palace with Prince Richard at the proper time, the Queen had been notified and an immediate search had been instituted--a search which did not end for over twenty years; but the first fruits
of it turned the hearts of the court to stone, for there beside the open postern gate lay the dead bodies of Lady Maud and a certain officer of the Guards, but nowhere was there a sign or trace of Prince Richard, second son of Henry III of England, and at that time the youngest prince of the realm.
To propitiate his favor they offer to him annual sacrifices of salmon and venison, the first fruits
of their fishing and hunting.
Would it not be well if we were to celebrate such a "busk," or "feast of first fruits
," as Bartram describes to have been the custom of the Mucclasse Indians?
308: The authors of the "Thebais" say that Manto the daughter of Teiresias was sent to Delphi by the Epigoni as a first fruit
of their spoil, and that in accordance with an oracle of Apollo she went out and met Rhacius, the son of Lebes, a Mycenaean by race.
But one thing is most admirable (wherewith I will conclude this first fruit
of friendship), which is, that this communicating of a man's self to his friend, works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in halves.
One or two recruits will be their first fruit
, I predict; and who shall say how many more, with Heaven's blessing on your inspired exertions!'
The lodge was a ruin of black granite and bared ribs of rafters, but facing it was a new building, half constructed, the first fruit
of Sir Charles's South African gold.
This was the first fruit
she had seen there, and the last she was ever likely to see; and unless she ate it up immediately, it would grow drier than it already was, and be wholly unfit to eat.
We will be at peace because we enjoy the "first fruits
of the Spirit".
It's important to understand that First Fruits
is a biblical principle that is practised and emphasised throughout the Bible.