from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pastoral quality in literature or landscape.
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Unsympathetic, and in some points unfair and even unintelligent, as Johnson's criticism of _Lycidas_ may seem, to the censure of its actual "pastorality" there is no answer, except that "these things are an allegory" as well as a convention.
Lutheran pastorality Heaven forbid, surrounded himself with fools for easy money and power, fools for crude impropriety.
Members of the general public in one way and another have become accustomed to regard religion with an uneasy constraint; there are harmless things which must not be said in the presence of a priest; there is a pastorality about the minister which implies a flock and a coterie; and Englishmen seldom mention the name of God without an appearance of apology or secret shame.