Heart's-ease

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heart's-ease (Bot) A common Old World viola (Viola arvensis) with creamy often violet-tinged flowers.
    • Heart's-ease (Bot) A species of violet (Viola tricolor), a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived; -- called also pansy.
    • Heart's-ease (Bot) A violet of the Pacific coast of North America (Viola ocellata) having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet.
    • Heart's-ease Ease of heart; peace or tranquillity of mind or feeling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heart's-ease a common name for the pansy, a species of violet, an infusion of which was once thought to ease the love-sick heart
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Quotations

  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Where's the man could ease a heart, like a satin gown?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.

Usage

In literature:

She lives in her palace of Heart's Ease, in a far-away island.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
She recovers now, to set her old loving father's heart at ease.
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
What infinite heart's ease must kings neglect, That private men enjoy?
"Queen Victoria" by E. Gordon Browne
Did not his worship think that it was the senorita's heart which was not at ease?
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Bring me comfort and heart's ease, Strengthen me in this disease!
"Wine, Women, and Song" by Various
Why, here you have a bouquet with so many 'heart's-eases' in it.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
They had found the "herb heart's-ease" in the bleakest spot of all New England.
"Short Story Writing" by Charles Raymond Barrett
HOW PANSIES OR HEART'S-EASE CAME FIRST.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Now comes the darling of the group, the heart's ease, the nonesuch, the Rose of Erin, the lovely, the indescribable Rosaleen Clancy.
"The Girl and the Kingdom" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
What infinite heart's ease must king's neglect, That private men enjoy!
"King Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare
It was as if it were built under a bed of heart's-ease.
"Elsket" by Thomas Nelson Page
Wise are they who, like the human heart, sprinkle rest and kindness and heart's-ease all through their daily tasks.
"The Girl Wanted" by Nixon Waterman
Heart's ease it lendeth And comfort sendeth.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
He would avoid the Cossacks, and the Frenchman might shout to his heart's ease.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The Lord meant tears to ease our hearts, when the load's too heavy to bear.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
And heart's-ease which all do choose.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
But there was no peace in Saul's heart, and his mind was ill at ease.
"Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading" by Josephine Pollard
They had found the "herb, heart's-ease," in the bleakest spot of all New England.
"Little Masterpieces" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was indeed "heart's-ease," or heart-rest, to every wayfarer sheltered under its ample roof-tree.
"In League with Israel" by Annie F. Johnston
We brought the poets white heather and heart's ease for our humble share in the rush-bearing.
"From Gretna Green to Land's End" by Katharine Lee Bates
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In poetry:

Ah me, where the Past sowed heart's-ease.
The Present plucks rue for us men!
I come back: that scar unhealing
Was not in the churchyard then.
"The Dead House" by James Russell Lowell
What will you pluck in Love's garden,
Honesty and rue?
Or love-in-a-mist by the twilight kist
Or heart's-ease wet with dew,
Heart's-ease with tears of dew?
"At The Gate" by Ethel Clifford
Since heart of mine knows not that ease
Which they know; since it be
That He who breathes All's Well to these
Breathes no All's Well to me,
My lack might move their sympathies
And Christian charity!
"The Impercipient" by Thomas Hardy
Celestial visitant, once more
Thy needful presence I implore.
In pity come, and ease my grief,
Bring my distempered soul relief,
Favour thy suppliant's hidden fires,
And give me all my heart desires.
"A Hymn To Venus" by Sappho
Uplifts them to a perfect peace,
A rest beyond all earthly ease,
'Neath the white shadow of the throne--
Low nest forever overshone
By tenderest love, our Lord's dear will;
Oh, heart, be still--be still!
"Steps we Climb" by Marietta Holley
She need not to her chill heart tell
She's loved a different way, but well.
And like that bird who leans her heart
Upon a thorn to ease its smart
Turn to the child who's taken his love
So that her darling son approve.
"Comfort" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

But she gets to ease up a little on her latest recording Haunted Heart WNYC'S Soundcheck host John Schaefer talked with Fleming about taking on this new project.
What would be a way to share your heart's compassion, and ease the struggles of others, at the same time.
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