Did the great god Pan yet live, in truth, and did he make merry o' summer nights in sylvan court and viney bower?
But now the scene is changed: Peace crowns the sylvan shade.
"Perhaps he did not like to mix up sentiment with business," kindly suggested sylvan.
Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.
sylvan scenes, with a dash of human savagery in the foreground, form the best relief for a too-extended assimilation of books.
At least not new and not unaccustomed, but new and unaccustomed there, in this sylvan retreat.
There are woods and waters, and the occasional illusion of an illimitable distance of sylvan joyance.
Often, on a hot day, have I resorted to this sylvan retreat.
Its bounds are small; but it is an indivisible part of a hill-side so secret and sylvan, that it might be the haunt of the roe.
Beyond the last cabin they entered a sylvan world all their own.
"of the woods," 1570s; earlier as a noun (1560s), "deity of the woods," from Middle French sylvain, from Latin silvanus "pertaining to wood or forest" (originally only in silvanae "goddesses of the woods"), from silva "wood, forest, grove," of unknown origin. Silvanus was used by the Romans as the proper name of a god of woods and fields, identified with Pan. Spelling with -y- influenced by Greek hyle "forest," from which the Latin word was supposed to derive.