Thornton, Robert John (1768?-1837) / Temple of Flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter, and philosopher.
Group of Roses.
When, humid; from the silv'ry stream, Effusing beauty's warmest beam, Venus appear'd. in flushing hues, Mellow'd by ocean's briny dews; When in the starry courts above, The pregnant brain of mighty Jove Disclos'd the nymph of azure glance, The nymph who shakes the martial lance! Then, then, in strange, eventful hour, The earth produc'd an infant flower, Which sprung, with blushing tinctures drest, And wanton'd o'er its parent's breast. The gods beheld this brilliant birth, And hail'd the Rose, the boon of earth! With nectar drops, a ruby tide, The sweetly orient buds they dy'd, And bade them bloom, the flowers divine Of him who sheds the teeming vine; And bade them on the spangled thorn Expand their bosoms to the morn. MOORE.
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