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
Flowers, pp. [v]-viii ff.
FLOWERS. " Fruitless and endless were the task, I ween, With every flower to grace my votive lay; And unto thee, their long acknowledged Queen, Fairest and loveliest! and thy gentle sway, Beautiful Rose, my homage I must pay,- For how can minstrel leave thy charms unsung Whose meek supremacy has been alway Confess'd in many a clime, and many a tongue, And in whose praise the harp of many a bard has rung ? " Vain were the hope to rival bards, whose lyres, On such a theme, have left me nought to sing; And one more plant my humble muse inspires, Round which my parting thoughts would fondly cling; Which, consecrate to Salem's peaceful king, Though fair as any gracing beauty's bower, Is linked to sorrow like an holy thing, And takes its name from suff'ring's fiercest hour:- Be this thy noblest fame, imperial Passion flower !" BERNARD BARTON.
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