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COWSLIPS
[ Also see Flowers ]

Smiled like yon knot of cowslips on a cliff.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 520)

Yet soon fair Spring shall give another scene.
  And yellow cowslips gild the level green.
      - Anne E. Bleecker, Return to Tomhanick

Ilk cowslip cup shall kep a tear.
      - Robert Burns,
        Elegy on Capt. Matthew Henderson

And wild-scatter'd cowslips bedeck the green dale.
      - Robert Burns, The Chevalier's Lament

The nesh yonge coweslip bendethe wyth the dewe.
      - Thomas Chatterton, Rowley Poems--Aella

The cowslip is a country wench.
      - Thomas Hood, Flowers

The first wan cowslip, wet
  With tears of the first morn.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Ode to a Starling

Through tall cowslips nodding near you,
  Just to touch you as you pass.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Song

Thus I set my printless feet
  O'er the cowslip's velvet head,
    That bends not as I tread.
      - John Milton, Comus--Song

The cowslips tall her pensioners be.
  In their gold coats spots you see:
    Those be rubies, fairy favors;
      In those freckles live their savors.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Fairy at II, i)

The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth
  The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover,
    Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank,
      Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems
        But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs,
          Losing both beauty and utility.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Burgundy at V, ii)

And ye talk together still,
  In the language wherewith Spring
    Letters cowslips on the hill.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Adeline (st. 5)

And by the meadow-trenches blow the faint sweet cuckoo-flowers.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The May Queen
         (st. 8)


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