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. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . for seasons, and for days, and for years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of theheaven, to give light upon the earth; and it was so. And the dial was so also; the trunks of the treeswere gnomons, there was light, there was motion,there were shadows, and therefore there were sun-dials. As Charles Lamb said of a dial, Adamcould scarce have missed it in Paradise. Certain inanimate objects have a semi-humancloseness to us. I do not by this refer to objectsw

. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . for seasons, and for days, and for years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of theheaven, to give light upon the earth; and it was so. And the dial was so also; the trunks of the treeswere gnomons, there was light, there was motion,there were shadows, and therefore there were sun-dials. As Charles Lamb said of a dial, Adamcould scarce have missed it in Paradise. Certain inanimate objects have a semi-humancloseness to us. I do not by this refer to objectsw Stock Photo
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. Sun dials and roses of yesterday; garden delights which are here displayed in every truth and are moreover regarded as emblems . for seasons, and for days, and for years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of theheaven, to give light upon the earth; and it was so. And the dial was so also; the trunks of the treeswere gnomons, there was light, there was motion,there were shadows, and therefore there were sun-dials. As Charles Lamb said of a dial, Adamcould scarce have missed it in Paradise. Certain inanimate objects have a semi-humancloseness to us. I do not by this refer to objectswith which we have intimate and happy associations,such as a chair in which loved ones have sat, a deskat which we ourselves have long written ; but Imean that an inherent quality is possessed by someobjects which even at first sight makes them seemalmost human. I always feel this quality in mile- lo Sun-dials and Roses of Yesterday stones and in old windmills; of course we all haveknown deep attachment for certain books, which isnatural enough, since they have spoken so plainlyto us. Many musicians know this feeling for and. Moot Hall, with Sun-dial, Aldeburgh, England. about their musical instruments, and workmen oftenhave it and always should have it for their tools. Many feel this with clocks and watches, and Iam deeply sensible of it in a sun-dial. Of course,in the dial, it may be partly because the dial has a The Charm and Sentiment of Sun-dials 11 voice, its Hnes and numerals speak if it has nomotto ; but it should always bear a motto or in-scription. This at once gives it a nearness tohumanity; it is our kinsman, our fellow-countryman;it speaks our language. The pointing hand of theguide board gives to it a semi-human appearance ;the simple words of the mile-stone make us everinterested in it; all inscriptions draw us close to thething inscribed. I have told often of my loveof mottoes, legends, inscriptions, notes inscribedeverywhere. We have an orchard seat, and such a

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