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
The large blue Periwinkle, The pleasures of memory, pp. Plate 2-4 ff.
3 2. THE PLEASURES OF MEMORY. Vinca major cwrulea. The large blue Periwinkle. Natural Order, Class and Order. VINCE)E. PENTANDRIA MONOGYNIA. MILLER says that botanists formerly called this plant Pervinca, from the Latin pervincere, ' to overcome thoroughly,' because it resists the winter's cold: it has also been named Clematis, for the same reason as the Clematis now so called bears that name, from its tendency to climb upon neighbouring plants. " Perchance 'tis very childishness that weaves Fancies with flowers, and borrows from their hue A colour for our thoughts ;-but if it be, It is a weakness that will win a smile, Not tempt a frown from sage Philosophy; Or if he frown, in sooth, he's not the sage Men take him for, " Rousseau tells us, that walking with Madame Warren, she suddenly exclaimed, " There is the Periwinkle yet in flower." Being too short-sighted to see the plant on the earth without stooping, he had never observed the Periwinkle: he gave it a passing glance, and saw it no more for thirty years. At the end of that period, as he was walking with a friend, " having then begun," he says, " to herbarize a little, in looking among the bushes by the way, I uttered a cry of joy: ' Ah, there is the Periwinkle!' and it was so." This he gives as an instance of the vivid recollection he had of every incident occurring at a particular period of his life; hence the Periwinkle has been chosen by the admirers of Rousseau as the symbol of the Pleasures of Memory. It is placed here, a simple memento of the great bard of Abbotsford ; the azure teint of the flower being a simile of his chaste and elegant
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