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
Smith's Geranium, Preference; The sweet purple and white flowered Violets, Purity of sentiment, candour, modesty & innocence, pp. Plate 7-14 ff.
13 7. PREFERENCE. Pelargonium Smithii. Smith's Geranium. Geranium boasts Her crimson honours." PURITY OF SENTIMENT, CANDOUR, MODESTY, AND INNOCENCE. Viole odorata purpurea et alba. Natural Order, VIOLACEME. The sweet purple and white flowered Violets. Class and Order. PENTANDRIA MONOGYNIA. VIOLETS from their fragrance and early appearance have received but little less of the poets',favour than the Rose itself, and have been presented as emblems of many sweet and endearing qualities; the white Violet, " Purity of Sentiment"-the sweet white, " Modesty"--the sweet purple Violet, Candour and Innocence." Rnnin Ray.v that Anollo becominu enamoured with Ia or lanthe, one of the nymphs of Diana, The Violet in her greenwood bower, Where birchen boughs with hazels mingle, May boast itself the fairest flower In glen, or copse, or forest dingle." SnR W. SCOTT. The sweet Violet is dedicated to St. Gertrude, and its motto is " I1 faut me chercher." Shakespeare has made an elegant allusion to this lovely flower in his "Twelfth Night." " That strain again; it had a dying fall: 0, it came o'er my ear like the sweet south, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour."
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