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FLOWERS
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And all the meadows, wide unrolled,
  Were green and silver, green and gold,
    Where buttercups and daisies spun
      Their shining tissues in the sun.
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr, Unanswered

Up from the gardens floated the perfume
  Of roses and myrtle, in their perfect bloom.
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr,
        Vashti's Scroll (l. 91)

The rose is fragrant, but it fades in time:
  The violet sweet, but quickly past the prime:
    White lilies hang their heads, and soon decay,
      And white snow in minutes melts away.
      - John Dryden,
        Trans. from Theocritus--The Despairing Lover
         (l. 57)

I always think the flowers can see us, and know what we are thinking about.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.
      - Jane (or Jean) Elliot,
        The Flowers of the Forest

Prophets of fragrance, beauty, joy, and song.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

Flowers and fruits are always fit presents--flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why does the rose her grateful fragrance yield,
  And yellow cowslips paint the smiling field?
      - John Gay, Panthea (l. 71)

Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whence is yonder flower so strangely bright?
  Would the sunset's last reflected shine
    Flame so red from that dead flush of light?
      Dark with passion is its lifted line,
        Hot, alive, amid the falling night.
      - Dora Read Goodale, Cardinal Flower

Happy are they who can create a rose tree or erect a honeysuckle.
      - Thomas Gray

As timid violets lade the ambient air
  With their heart's richest fragrance, unaware
    The fragrance whispers that the flower is there.
      - Anna Katharine Green

Learn, O student, the true wisdom. See yon bush aflame with roses, like the burning bush of Moses. Listen, and thou shalt hear, if thy soul be not deaf, how from out it, soft and clear, speaks to thee the Lord Almighty.
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad)

It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.
      - Augustus William Hare

A passion for flowers is, I really think, the only one which long sickness leaves untouched with its chilling influence.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

The opening and the folding flowers, that laugh to the summer's day.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

They speak of hope to the fainting heart,
  With a voice of promise they come and part,
    They sleep in dust through the wintry hours,
      They break forth in glory--bring flowers, bright flowers!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Bring Flowers

Through the laburnum's dropping gold
  Rose the light shaft of orient mould,
    And Europe's violets, faintly sweet,
      Purpled the moss-beds at its feet.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans, Palm-Tree

Faire pledges of a fruitful tree
  Why do yee fall so fast?
    Your date is not so past
      But you may stay yet here awhile
        To blush and gently smile
          And go at last.
      - Robert Herrick, To Blossoms

The instinctive and universal taste of mankind selects flowers for the expression of its finest sympathies, their beauty and their fleetingness serving to make them the most fitting symbols of those delicate sentiments for which language itself seems almost too gross a medium.
      - George Stillman Hillard

The daisy is fair, the day-lily rare,
  The bud o' the rose as sweet as it's bonnie.
      - James Hogg ("The Ettrick Shepherd"),
        Auld Joe Nicolson's Nannie

What are the flowers of Scotland,
  All others that excel?
    The lovely flowers of Scotland,
      All others that excel!
        The thistle's purple bonnet,
          And bonny heather bell,
            Oh, they're the flowers of Scotland.
              All others that excel!
      - James Hogg ("The Ettrick Shepherd"),
        The Flowers of Scotland

The moss-clad violet, fragrant and concealed like hidden charity.
      - James Francis Hollings

The amen! of nature is always a flower.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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