Gleadall, Eliza Eve / The beauties of flora : with botanic and poetic illustrations, being a selection of flowers drawn from nature arranged emblematically : with directions for colouring them
Introduction, pp. [iii]-iv
iv INTRODUCTION. And in Turkey, Lady Wortley Montagu asserts, that there is not a weed or a flower, herb or fruit, that has not its appropriate symbol. Philosophers, men of profound learning and great intellect, men engaged in the cares of state, business, or in literary pursuits, have found recreation in their garden, and pleasure in the cultivation of Flowers. Methinks I see great Dioclesian walk In the Salonian garden's noble shade, Which by his own imperial hands was made: I see him smile,[methinks, as he does talk With the ambassadors, who come in vain T'entice him to a throne again. I If I, my friends,' said he, ' should you show All the delights which in these gardens grow, 'Tis likelier far that you with me should stay, Than 'tis that you should carry me away: And trust me not, my friends, if, every day, I walk not here with more delight, Than ever, after the most happy fight, In triumph to the Capitol I rode, To thank the gods, and to be thought myself a god."' COWLEY'S GARDEN. The elegant author of Flora Domestica observes that, " A poet sees in a Flower not only its form and colour, and the shadowing of its verdant foliage-his eye rests upon the dew- drop that trembles on the leaf; a gleam of sunshine darts across, and gives it the sparkling brilliancy of a diamond. He sees the bee hovering around, buzzing its joyous anticipation of the honey he shall draw from its very heart; and the delicate butterfly suspended as it were by magic from its silken petals. His imagination, too, brings around it a world of associations, adding beauty and interest to the object actually before his eye. Thus Flowers have been described in all their seasons, and in every situation and circumstance, budding forth in timid beauty early in the spring, glowing in the maturity of summer, lingering in the chilling breath of autumn, and some few as daring even the frosts of winter." The botanical information contained in this volume has been carefully gathered from the best authorities. To MR. SAMUEL CURTIS, F.L.S. I have a pleasure in acknowledging myself greatly indebted for his judicious opinion and friendly attention to the execution and style of the plates, which I trust will be deemed correct copies of Nature. With every sentiment of respect and gratitude for the kind patronage of several distinguished personages with which I have been honoured, and for the kindness of my friends, I present this volume, for which, in their judgement, I plead indulgence. E. E. G. HEATH-HALL, NEAR WAKEFIELD, January, 1834.
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