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Yellow japanned buttercups and star-disked dandelions,--just as we see them lying in the grass, like sparks that have leaped from the kindling sun of summer.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Professor at the Breakfast-Table (X)

I remember, I remember
  The roses, red and white,
    The violets, and the lily-cups,
      Those flowers made of light!
        The lilacs, where the robin built,
          And where my brother set
            The laburnum on his birthday,--
              The tree is living yet.
      - Thomas Hood, I Remember, I Remember

I may not to the world impart
  The secret of its power,
    But treasured in my inmost heart
      I keep my faded flower.
      - Ellen C. Howarth ("Clementine"),
        'Tis but a Little Faded Flower

'Tis but a little faded flower,
  But oh, how fondly dear!
    'Twill bring me back one golden hour,
      Through many a weary year.
      - Ellen C. Howarth ("Clementine"),
        'Tis but a Little Faded Flower

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
      - Mary Howitt

Doubtless botany has its value; but the flowers knew how to preach divinity before men knew how to dissect and botanize them; they are apt to stop preaching, though, so soon as we begin to dissect and botanize them.
      - Henry Norman Hudson

Flowers knew how to preach divinity before men knew how to dissect and botanize them.
      - Henry Norman Hudson

An exquisite invention this,
  Worthy of Love's most honeyed kiss,--
    This art of writing billet-doux--
      In buds, and odors, and bright hues!
        In saying all one feels and thinks
          In clever daffodils and pinks;
            In puns of tulips; and in phrases,
              Charming for their truth, of daisies.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Love-Letters Made of Flowers

Growing one's own choice words and fancies
  In orange tubs, and beds of pansies'
    One's sighs and passionate declarations,
      In odorous rhetoric of carnations.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Love-Letters Made of Flowers

That queen of secrecy, the violet.
      - John Keats (1)

Roses, and pinks, and violets, to adorn
  The shrine of Flora in her early May.
      - John Keats (1), Dedication to Leigh Hunt

Above his head
  Four lily stalks did their white honours wed
    To make a coronal; and round him grew
      All tendrils green, of every bloom and hue,
        Together intertwined and trammell'd fresh;
          The vine of glossy sprout; the ivy mesh,
            Shading its Ethiop berries.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. II, l. 413)

Young playmates of the rose and daffodil,
  Be careful ere ye enter in, to fill
    Your baskets high
      With fennel green, and balm, and golden pines
        Savory latter-mint, and columbines.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. IV, l. 575)

. . . the rose
  Blendeth its odor with the violet,--
    Solution sweet.
      - John Keats (1), Eve of St. Agnes (st. 36)

And O and O,
  The daisies blow,
    And the primroses are waken'd;
      And the violets white
        Sit in silver plight,
          And the green bud's as long as the spike end.
      - John Keats (1), In a Letter to Haydon

Underneath large blue-bells tented
  Where the daisies are rose-scented,
    And the rose herself has got
      Perfume which on earth is not.
      - John Keats (1),
        Ode--Bards of Passion and of Mirth

The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth,
  And they first feel the sun: so violets blue;
    So the soft star-like primrose--drenched in dew--
      The happiest of Spring's happy, fragrant birth.
      - John Keble,
        Miscellaneous Poems--Spring Showers

I sometimes think that never blows so red
  The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
    That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
      Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 19),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

One thing is certain and the rest is lies:
  The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 63),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

Leaves are the Greek, flowers the Italian, phase of the spirit of beauty that reveals itself through the flora of the globe.
      - Thomas Starr King

I allow no hot-beds in the gardens of Parnassus.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

I do love violets; they tell the history of woman's love.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

And with childlike credulous affection
  We behold their tender buds expand;
    Emblems of our own great resurrection,
      Emblems of the bright and better land.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Emblems of our own great resurrection, emblems of the bright and better land.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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