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LOTUSES
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

Where drooping lotos-flowers, distilling balm,
  Dream by the drowsy streamlets sleep hath crown'd,
    While Care forgets to sigh, and Peace hath balsamed Pain.
      - Paul Hamilton Hayne,
        Sonnet--Pent in the Common Sphere

The lotus flower is troubled
  At the sun's resplendent light;
    With sunken head and sadly
      She dreamily waits for the night.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        Book of Songs--Lyrical Interlude
         (no. 10)

Lotos, the name; divine, nectareous juice!
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IX, l. 106), (Pope's translation)

Stone lotus cups, with petals dipped in sand.
      - Jean Ingelow, Gladys and her Island
         (l. 460)

Oh! what are the brightest that e'er have blown
  To the lote-tree, springing by Alla's throne,
    Whose flowers have a soul in every leaf.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri

They wove the lotus band to deck
  And fan with pensile wreath their neck.
      - Thomas Moore, Odes of Anacreon (ode LXX)

A spring there is, whose silver waters show
  Clear as a glass the shining sands below:
    A flowering lotos spreads its arms above,
      Shades all the banks, and seems itself a grove.
      - Alexander Pope, Sappho to Phaon (l. 177)

The lotos bowed above the tide and dreamed.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston, Rhodope's Sandal

The Lotos blooms below the barren peak:
  The Lotos blooms by every winding creek:
    All day the wind breathes low with mellower tone:
      Thro' every hollow cave and alley lone,
        Round and round the spicy downs the yellow Lotos-dust is blown.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Lotos-Eaters--Choric Song (st. 8)

In that dusk land of mystic dream
  Where dark Osiris sprung,
    It bloomed beside his sacred stream
      While yet the world was young;
        And every secret Nature told,
          Of golden wisdom's power,
            Is nestled still in every fold,
              Within the Lotos flower.
      - William Winter, A Lotos Flower


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