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 snow flake-leaved Narcissus, Egotism and self-love, pp. Plate 8-16 ff.
15 8. EGOTISM AND SELF-LOVE. Narcissus tereticaulis. The snow flake-leaved Narcissus. Natural Order. Class and Order. AMARYLLIDEAE. HEXANDRIA MONOGYNIA. FROM the fabulous transformation of the youth Narcissus into this flower, have originated the name and the emblem. Narcissus Tereticaulis is a native of ]France, and is annually imported from Holland with other bulbs by the name Surpassant, and ranks in the genus at the head of the section Rotulares, on account of its roundish stem and green leaves. What first inspired a bard of old to sing Narcissus pining o'er the untainted spring ? In some delicious ramble he had found A little space, with boughs all woven round; And in the midst thereof a clearer pool Than e'er reflected in its pleasant cool, The blue sky here and there serenely peeping Through tendril wreaths fantastically creeping, And on the bank a lonely flower he spied, A meek and forlorn flower with naught of pride, Drooping its beauty o'er the watery clearness, To woo its own sad image into nearness. Deaf to light Zephyrus, it would not move; But still would seem to droop, to pine, to love. So, while the poet stood in this sweet spot, Some fainter gleanings o'er his fancy shot Nor was it long ere he had told the tale Of young Narcissus, and sad Echo's vale." KEATS. The cup in the centre of the flower is supposed to contain the tears of Narcissus, to which Milton alludes in the following lines :- ' Bid amaranthus all his beauty shed, And daffodillies fill their cups with tears To strew the laureat hearse where Lycki The Naiades, as the poets relate, lamenting the death of ]I " When, looking for his corse, they only A rising stalk with yellow blossoms cro,
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