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BUTTERCUPS
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

The royal kingcup bold
  Dares not don his coat of gold.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Almond Blossoms

He likes the poor things of the world the best,
  I would not, therefore, if I could be rich.
    It pleases him t stoop for buttercups.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. IV)

All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
  The buttercups, the little children's dower.
      - Robert Browning,
        Home Thoughts--From Abroad

The buttercups, bright-eyed and bold,
  Held up their chalices of gold
    To catch the sunshine and the dew.
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr,
        Centennial Poem (l. 165)

Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows,
  Fair is the daisy that beside her grows.
      - John Gay, Shepherd's Week--Monday (l. 43)

Against her ankles as she trod
  The lucky buttercups did nod.
      - Jean Ingelow, Reflections

And O the buttercups! that field
  O' the cloth of gold, when pennons swam--
    Where France set up his lilied shield,
      His oriflamb,
        And Henry's lion-standard rolled:
          What was it to their matchless sheen,
            Their million million drops of gold
              Among the green!
      - Jean Ingelow, The Letter L Present (st. 3)

The buttercups across the field
  Made sunshine rifts of splendor.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        A Silly Song

When buttercups are blossoming,
  The poets sand, 'tis best to wed:
    So all for love we paired in Spring--
      Blanche and I--ere youth had sped.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman, Bohemia


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