The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal - Volume 1

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The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal - Volume 1




1 of 4 volumes


Patrick Geddes & Colleagues


Spring 1895


Reg Beatty
Laura Chapnick
Kaitlyn Fralick
Lorraine Janzen Kooistra


Public Domain
Toronto Metropolitan University Library Archives and Special Collections


Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019.


English, French, Gaelic


Textual ornaments



Table Of Contents

Spring in Nature; Spring in Life; Spring in the World; Spring in the North

Date Created

29 July 2014

Date Modified

27 October 2017, ljk
27 November 2022, rb


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The Norland Wind
Poem celebrates the North Wind as the Spirit of Life and Liberty

An essay taking Spring as its theme, celebrating variation and unity: the most harmonious lives in tune with seasonal rhythms of earth—times of effort and rest: “That is the ultimate system in which we live…”; “So, at this time, the voice of Spring…

A Procession of Causes
The poem celebrates spring, renewal, love: “For the old god Pan hath taken a wife/ And the whole world shares their mirth..."

Germinal, Floreal, Prairial
These were names given to the Spring months at a famous time some hundred years ago, when men in the April folly of their hearts dreamed that they could make all things new.” References myth, fairy tale, legend symbolic of spring, including Pan; “in…

Life and its Science
Biology is first and foremost the study of life, not death; “let us return to…the simple and the natural, the normal and the organic”; “experimental evolution”/”regeneration” is the “Alchemy of Life”—expands to make a social/political point by…

Old English Spring
Adapted from Harleian ms 2253, circa 1200. Lyric apostrophizing the Northwind

Lengthening Days
story of couple who go to live in a log cabin in the woods to observe spring; he’s an artist, like Nature: “First of its ornaments were the tiny creeping birds….”; quotes a Gaelic song about swans singing (trans in fn); Mark’s best picture is the fp…

Day and Night
Two verses of three lines each

From Four Easter Letters
1. from Athens, circa 357 BC ; 2 from Norway, circa 145 BC, written by a woman; 3. from Jerusalem, 8th year of governance of Pontius Pilate; 4. Edinburgh, Easter 1887--all about the coming of spring

The Crows: A Child Poem
Crows are figured as harbingers of spring
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