1893 text

Scar-fire or scarefire. An alarm of fire. One of the little pieces in Herrick’s “Hesperides” is entitled “The Scar-fire,” but the word sometimes was used, as in the text, for the fire itself. Fuller, in his “Worthies,” speaks of quenching scare-fires.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Terry F  •  Link

by Robert Herrick

WATER, water I desire,
Here's a house of flesh on fire ;
Ope the fountains and the springs,
And come all to bucketings :
What ye cannot quench pull down ;
Spoil a house to save a town :
Better 'tis that one should fall,
Than by one to hazard all.


Pauline  •  Link

Companion's Large Glossary:
sudden conflagration

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