old nurses

A flash back to some earlier Chesterton today that reminds me of many passages by Lewis such as this and this.

That is what the moderns mean when they say that the ancients did not “appreciate Nature,” because they said that Nature was divine. Old nurses do not tell children about the grass, but about the fairies that dance on the grass; and the old Greeks could not see the trees for the dryads.

From the “The Ethics of Elfland,” chapter III in Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton.

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