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SUNFLOWERS
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
  Who countest the steps of the sun;
    Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
      Where the traveller's journal done;
        Where the youth pined away with desire,
          And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
            Arise from their graves, and aspire
              Where my Sunflower wishes to go!
      - William Blake, The Sunflower

And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
  Who gazest ever true and tender
    On the sun's revolving splendour.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca,
        Magico Prodigioso (sc. 3),
        (Shelley's translation)

Restless sunflower; cease to move.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca,
        Magico Prodigioso (sc. 3),
        (Shelley's translation)

The Sunflow'r, thinking 'twas for him foul shame
  To nap by daylight, strove t' excuse the blame;
    It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
      But too great weight and largeness of his head.
      - Abraham Cowley, Of Plants
         (bk. IV, Of Flowers, The Poppy, l. 102)

With zealous step he climbs the upland lawn,
  And bows in homage to the rising dawn;
    Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray,
      And watches, as it moves, the orb of day.
      - Erasmus Darwin, Loves of the Plants
         (canto I, l. 225)

And here the sunflower of the spring
  Burns bright in morning's beam.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

Space for the sunflower, bright with yellow glow,
  To court the sky.
      - Caroline Gilman, To the Ursulines

Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
  And on the sun's noon-glory gaze;
    With eye like his, thy lids expand,
      And fringe their disk with golden rays:
        Though fix'd on earth, in darkness rooted there,
          Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
            Thy prospect heaven.
      - James Montgomery, The Sunflower

Sunflowers by the sides of brooks,
  Turn'd to the sun.
      - Thomas Moore

As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets,
  The same look which she turn'd when he rose.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Believe Me, if all Those Endearing Young Charms

The lofty follower of the sun,
  Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves,
    Drooping all night; and when he warm returns,
      Points her enamor'd bosom to his ray.
      - James Thomson (1)

But one, the lofty follower of the Sun,
  Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves
    Drooping all night; and, when he warm returns,
      Points her enamoured bosom to his ray.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 216)


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