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PANSIES
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

Pansies for ladies all--(I wis
  That none who wear such brooches miss
    A jewel in the mirror).
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        A Flower in a Letter

Pansies? You praise the ones that grow today
  Here in the garden; had you seen the place
    When Sutherland was living!
      Here they grew,
        From blue to deeper blue, in midst of each
          A golden dazzle like a glimmering star,
            Each broader, bigger than a silver crown;
              While here the weaver sat, his labor done,
                Watching his azure pets and rearing them,
                  Until they seem'd to know his step and touch,
                    And stir beneath his smile like living things:
                      The very sunshine loved them, and would lie
                        Here happy, coming early, lingering late,
                          Because they were so fair.
      - Robert Williams Buchanan,
        Hugh Sutherland's Pansies

I pray, what flowers are these?
  The pansy this,
    O, that's for lover's thoughts.
      - George Chapman, All Fools
         (act II, sc. 1, l. 248)

They are all in the lily-bed, cuddled close together--
  Purple, Yellow-cap, and little Baby-blue;
    How they ever got there you must ask the April weather,
      The morning and the evening winds, the sunshine and the dew.
      - Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz,
        Vagrant Pansies

I send thee pansies while the year is young,
  Yellow as sunshine, purple as the night;
    Flowers of remembrance, ever fondly sung
      By all the chiefest of the Sons of Light;
        And if in recollection lives regret
          For wasted days and dreams that were not true,
            I tell thee that the "pansy freak'd with jet"
              Is still the heart's ease that the poets knew
                Take all the sweetness of a gift unsought,
                  And for the pansies send me back a thought.
      - Sarah Doudney, Pansies

The delicate thought, that cannot find expression,
  For ruder speech too fair,
    That, like thy petals, trembles in possession,
      And scatters on the air.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        The Mountain Heart's Ease

Heart's ease! one could look for half a day
  Upon this flower, and shape in fancy out
    Full twenty different tales of love and sorrow,
      That gave this gentle name.
      - Mary Howitt, Heart's Ease

The pansy freaked with jet.
      - John Milton, Lycidas (l. 144)

The beauteous pansies rise
  In purple, gold, and blue,
    With tints of rainbow hue
      Mocking the sunset skies.
      - Thomas John Ouseley,
        The Angel of the Flowers

Yet marked O where the bolt of Cupid fell.
  It fell upon a little western flower,
    Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound,
      And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i)

And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at IV, v)

Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at IV, v)

Heart's ease of pansy, pleasure or thought,
  Which would the picture give us of these?
    Surely the heart that conceived it sought
      Heart's ease.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        A Flower Piece by Fanten

Pansies in soft April rains
  Fill their stalks with honeyed sap
    Drawn from Earth's prolific lap.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        Home and Travel--Ariel in the Cloven Pine
         (l. 37)

Darker than darkest pansies.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Gardener's Daughter


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