pastoral

(redirected from Pastorals)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
See: placid
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
With all my pains I do not think I ever managed to bring any of my pastorals to a satisfactory close.
It is a pastoral romance, in the general style of Italian and Spanish romances of the earlier part of the century.
Following our example, many more of Leandra's lovers have come to these rude mountains and adopted our mode of life, and they are so numerous that one would fancy the place had been turned into the pastoral Arcadia, so full is it of shepherds and sheep-folds; nor is there a spot in it where the name of the fair Leandra is not heard.
But besides attending to the pastoral duties there, he learned the language of the red men, and often went into the woods to preach to them.
It was used, we are told, by a pastoral people of Persian descent; of whom eight thousand accompanied the army of Xerxes.
The narrative commenced by a description of a Saxon peasant's hut, situated within the confines of a great, leafless, winter forest; it represented an evening in December; flakes of snow were falling, and the herdsman foretold a heavy storm; he summoned his wife to aid him in collecting their flock, roaming far away on the pastoral banks of the Thone; he warns her that it will be late ere they return.
With one end in carnal combat he transfixed the enemies of his tribe; and with the other as a pastoral crook he kept in order his spiritual flock.
Therefore, to put an end to his look of an inquisitor which it was necessary to get rid of at all events, as, at any price, a general extinguishes a battery which annoys him, Aramis stretched forth his beautiful white hand, upon which sparkled the amethyst of the pastoral ring; he cut the air with sign of the cross, and poured out his benediction upon his two friends.
Sometimes these unwieldy animals were seen moving in long procession across the silent landscape; at other times they were scattered about, singly or in groups, on the broad, enameled prairies and green acclivities, some cropping the rich pasturage, others reclining amidst the flowery herbage; the whole scene realizing in a manner the old Scriptural descriptions of the vast pastoral countries of the Orient, with "cattle upon a thousand hills.
Adam, too, after the pastoral habit to which he had been bred, woke with the dawn, and was ready to enter on the experiences of the new day whenever it might suit his elder companion.
He observed her dejection one day, when he had casually mentioned something to her about pastoral life in ancient Greece.
Then does she twirl and twine, a pastoral nymph of good family, through the mazes of the dance.