Reading another story from C.A. Smith, I have been trying to figure out the following sentence, to no avail:
It consoled him in a measure for the bustle and blare and intrigue of the imperial court, where he held an official post of no small honor; since he was not altogether native to such things and would have preferred, like the olden sages, the philosophic peace of a leaf-embowered hermitage.
I understand most of it, but not the first part marked in bold. What does it exactly mean?