The Flower People

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Page 20 - All things to man's delightful use: the roof Of thickest covert, was inwoven shade, Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side Acanthus and each odorous bushy shrub Fenced up the verdant wall, each beauteous flower, Iris all hues, roses, and jessamine, Reared high their flourished heads between, and wrought Mosaic; under foot the violet, Crocus, and hyacinth with rich inlay Broidered the ground, more coloured than with stone Of costliest emblem: other creature...
Page 103 - A hundred times, by rock or bower, Ere thus I have lain couched an hour, Have I derived from thy sweet power Some apprehension ; Some steady love-; some brief delight ; Some memory that had taken flight ; Some chime of fancy wrong or right ; Or stray invention.
Page 103 - When, smitten by the morning ray, I see thee rise alert and gay, Then, cheerful Flower ! my spirits play With kindred gladness : And when, at dusk, by dews opprest Thou sink'st, the image of thy rest Hath often eased my pensive breast Of careful sadness.
Page 162 - Consider the lilies how they grow : they toil not, they spin not ; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Page 19 - All things to man's delightful use. The roof Of thickest covert was inwoven shade, Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew Of firm and fragrant leaf ; on either side Acanthus, and each odorous bushy shrub, Fenced up the verdant wall ; each beauteous flower, Iris all hues, roses and...
Page 32 - Oh, here they are, all blooming ready for me!" cried the little girl. "Mother, do you think they will tell me a story?" And she threw herself upon the ground to catch the first accents of the flower-speech. A little blue-eyed Violet looked up into Mary's eyes, and thought two large and beautiful Violets were looking down into hers. She was half hidden in the brown grass of the former year, but she seemed to be happy in that lowly place. She did not envy her gay companions the Anemones, who were dancing...
Page 22 - I will show you what is beautiful. It is a rose fully blown. See how she sits upon her mossy stem, like the queen...
Page 41 - ... what flower she should like to be, she would surely have said a Violet, so tenderly did the modest beauty and sweet fragrance and heavenly color speak to her heart. But the bright blue Day was fast turning pale at the approach of dark-robed Night. The flowers were folding their robes for slumber. As Mary turned homeward, her mother said, " I hope my daughter will be like that modest flower who never thinks of herself, but remembers all the goodness of others. Then every one will love my daughter...
Page 31 - ... and parched, and the flowers thirsting for refreshment. And they told Mary not to be frightened if they should come with loud thunder and bright lightning, for these would cool the hot air and open the doors for fresh breezes. For many days nothing was to be heard but the merry song of the waters. One pleasant afternoon Mary went out with her mother, and they opened the little gate at the bottom of the garden and walked into the meadow. The river had returned to its bed. The brook was now tumbling...

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