This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Perhaps the finest passage relating to grass in our literature is found in Ruskin's essay, which runs thus: "There are several lessons symbolically connected with this subject which we must not allow to escape us. Observe the peculiar characteristics of the grass, which adapt it especially for the service of man, are its apparent humility and cheerfulness. Its humility, in that it seems only created for the lowest service, - appointed to be trodden on, and fed upon. Its cheerfulness in that it seems to exult under all kinds of violence and suffering. . You roll it, and it is stronger the next day; you mow it, and it multiplies its shoots, as if it were grateful; you tread upon it, and it only sends up richer perfume. Spring comes, and it rejoices with all the earth, - glowing with variegated flame of flowers, - waving in soft depth of fruitful strength. Winter comes, and though it will not mock its follow plants by growing then, it will not pine and mourn, and turn colorless and leafless as they.
It is always green, and it is only brighter and gayer for the hoar frost".