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MYRTLE
[ Also see Flowers Plants Trees ]

Nor myrtle--which means chiefly love: and love
  Is something awful which one dare not touch
    So early o' mornings.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. II)

The myrtle (ensign of supreme command,
  Consigned by Venus to Melissa's hand)
    Not less capricious than a reigning fair,
      Oft favors, oft rejects a lover's prayer;
        In myrtle shades oft sings the happy swain,
          In myrtle shades despairing ghosts complain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Written at the Request of a Gentleman
         (l. 3)

Dark-green and gemm'd with flowers of snow,
  With close uncrowded branches spread
    Not proudly high, not meanly low,
      A graceful myrtle rear'd its head.
      - James Montgomery, The Myrtle

While the myrtle, now idly entwin'd with his crown.
  Like the wreath of Harmodius, shall cover his sword.
      - Thomas Moore, O, Blame Not The Bard


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