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FLOWERS
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[ Also see Almonds Amaranths Amaryllis Anemones Apple Blossoms Arbutus Asphodels Asters Azaleas Bluebells Buttercups Camomiles Cardinal Flowers Celandines Chrysanthemums Clover Columbines Country Life Cowslips Crocuses Daffodils Daisies Dandelions Dew Flower-de-luce Forget-me-nots Gardens Gentians Goldenrods Gorses Harebells Heliotropes Hepaticas Honeysuckles Hyacinths Indian Pipes Irises Jasmines Lilacs Lilies Lilies-of-the-valley Lotuses Love Lies Bleeding Marigolds Marsh Marigolds Moccasin Flowers Morning-glories Musk Roses Myrtle Narcissus Nature Oranges Orchids Pansies Passion Flowers Pinks Plants Poppies Primroses Rosemaries Roses Safflowers Sloes Snowdrops Spring Sunflowers Sweetbrier Roses Thistles Thorn Thyme Trees Tuberose Tulips Violets Water Lilies Wild Roses Windflowers Woodbines ]

Here are cool mosses deep,
  And thro' the moss the ivies creep,
    And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,
      And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Th Lotos-Eaters--Choric Song (pt. I)

The daisy, primrose, violet darkly blue;
  And polyanthus of unnumbered dyes.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring (st. 8)

A snow of blossoms, and a wild of flowers.
      - Thomas Tickell

He who does not love flowers has lost all love and fear of God.
      - Ludwig Tieck

There is to the poetical sense a ravishing prophecy and winsome intimation in flowers that now and then, from the influence of mood of circumstance, reasserts itself like the reminiscence of childhood, or the spell of love.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Take the flower from my breast, I pray thee,
  Take the flower, too, from out my tresses;
    And then go hence; for, see, the night is fair,
      The stars rejoice to watch thee on thy way.
      - collected by Helene Vacaresco,
        Bard of the Dimbovitza; Romanian Folksongs

Fade, flowers, fade! Nature will have it so; 'tis but what we in our autumn do.
      - Edmund Waller

I regard them, as Charles the Emperor did Florence, that they are too pleasant to be looked upon except on holidays.
      - Izaak Walton

A love-tint flushes the wind-flower's cheek,
  Rich melodies gush from the violet's beak,
    On the rifts of the rock, the wild columbines grow,
      Their heavy honey-cups bending low.
      - Mrs. Sarah Helen Power Whitman

These children of the meadows born
  Of sunshine and of showers!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Along the river's summer walk,
  The withered tufts of asters nod;
    And trembles on its arid stalk
      The hoar plume of the golden-rod.
        And on a ground of sombre fir,
          And azure-studded juniper,
            The silver birch its buds of purple shows,
              And scarlet berries tell where bloomed the sweet wild-rose!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        The Last Walk in Autumn

Lovely flowers are smiles of God's goodness.
      - Dr. Samuel Wilberforce

But when they had unloosed the linen band,
  Which swathed the Egyptian's body,--lo! was found,
    Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand,
      A little seed, which, sown in English ground,
        Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear,
          And spread rich odours through our springtide air.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Athanasia (st. 2)

There is to me a daintiness about early flowers that touches me like poetry. They blow out with such a simple loveliness among the common herbs of pastures, and breathe their lives so unobtrusively, like hearts whose beatings are too gentle for the world.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

The very flowers are sacred to the poor.
      - William Wordsworth, Admonition

To me the meanest flower that blows can give
  Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Intimations of Immortality

And 'tis my faith that every flower
  Enjoys the air it breathes.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Lines Written in Early Spring

The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Sonnet--Not Love, Not War, Nor, etc.

Hope smiled when your nativity was cast,
  Children of Summer!
      - William Wordsworth,
        Staffa Sonnets--Flowers on the Top of the Pillars at the Entrance of the Cave

The mysteries that cups of flowers infold
  And all the gorgeous sights which fairies do behold.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Stanzas written in Thomson's Castle of Indolence

There bloomed the strawberry of the wilderness;
  The trembling eyebright showed her sapphire blue,
    The thyme her purple, like the blush of Even;
      And if the breath of some to no caress
        Invited, forth they peeped so fair to view,
          All kinds alike seemed favourites of Heaven.
      - William Wordsworth,
        The River Duddon--Flowers (VI)

Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies,
  Let them live upon their praises.
      - William Wordsworth, To the Small Celandine

Let one thousand flowers bloom.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)


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