Pliny (23-79 A.D.) believed it had soothing effect on oxen and that the plant helps keep flies and gnats at bay.
Yellow Lysimachus, to give sweet rest To the faint shepherd, killing, where it comes, All busy gnats, and every fly that hums.
John Fletcher, The Faithful Sheperdess, 1610It certainly has a soothing effect on me as I sit drawing it by the pond after a day of errands. It is a native wild flower in Britain but we've planted it here by the pond.
The Murmuring StreamI've just finished reading Frederick Turner's biography of John Muir. In the final pages Turner suggests parallels between Muir's wilderness experience in Yosemite and Zen enlightenment.
A monk once asked Zen master Gensha how to enter upon the path of truth; 'Do you hear the murmuring stream?' replied Gensha, 'There is a way to a way to enter.'
Turner quotes Tozan, who began his enlightenment with 'his understanding of the teachings of inanimate things';