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JASMINES
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

And at my silent window-sill
  The jessamine peeps in.
      - William Cullen Bryant,
        The Hunter's Serenade

Jasmine is sweet, and has many loves.
      - Thomas Hood, Flowers

Among the flowers no perfume is like mine;
  That which is best in me comes from within.
    So those in this world who would rise and shine
      Should seek internal excellence to win.
        And though 'tis true that falsehood and despair
          Meet in my name, yet bear it still in mind
            That where they meet they perish. All is fair
              When they are gone and nought remains behind.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, Jessamine

Jas in the Arab language is despair,
  And Min the darkest meaning of a lie.
    Thus cried the Jessamine among the flowers,
      How justly doth a lie
        Draw on its head despair!
          Among the fragrant spirits of the bowers
            The boldest and the strongest still was I.
              Although so fair,
                Therefore from Heaven
                  A stronger perfume unto me was given
                    Than any blossom of the summer hours.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland, Jessamine

It smelt so faint, and it smelt so sweet,
  It made me creep and it made me cold.
    Like the scent that steals from the crumbling sheet
      Where a mummy is half unroll'd.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Aux Italiens

And the jasmine flower in her fair young breast,
  (O the faint, sweet smell of that jasmine flower!)
    And the one bird singing alone to his nest.
      And the one star over the tower.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Aux Italiens (st. 13)

Out in the lonely woods the jasmine burns
  Its fragrant lamps, and turns
    Into a royal court with green festoons
      The banks of dark lagoons.
      - Henry Timrod, Spring


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