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
Lilies of the Valley, Purity and return of happiness; The purple Emperor Butterfly, Immortality of the soul, pp. Plate 15 [i.e. Plate 13]-26 ff.
26 THE " That same dew, which sometimes on the buds Was wont to swell like round orient pearls, Stood now within the pretty flowret's eye Like tears." SHAKESPEARE. BEAUTIES OF F The air That th Pull dr, Their sa Had no Caught IMMORTALITY OF THi Papilio purpureus Imperator. WHEN the butterfly departs from the chrysalis which encloses i unfolds its wings, and wafts its airy flight towards heaven, in be soul from its earthly envelope. Thus the Greeks considered it ti the Immortality of the Soul, and in this simple instance stron observation of the works of Nature. The modems have chosen it roams from flower to flower. Gaze on its varied tints and tell me why There is such beauty in a Butterfly! Mark then its foim-how delicate! how light! How gracefully the insect wings its flight ! Come ! let us follow it from spray to spray, And trace the rover in its airy way; See from flower to flower it skims along, Then rests as 'twere to listen to the song " Shall the poor worm that shocks thy sight, The humblest form in Nature's train, Thus rise in new-born lustre bright, And yet the emblem teach in vain? " Ah! where were once her golden eyes, Her glittering wings of purple pride? Conceal'd beneath a rude disguise ! A shapeless mass to earth allied. " Like thee, the hapless reptile liv'd; Like thee she toil'd, like thee she spun; Like thine her closing hour arriv'd, Her labours ceas'd, her web was done. Of s Vain It is Its li Thei: And And N And 0: Is th To Or s 1W Go, Go! Fr INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLOURING.-To give these beautiful bl which in nature charms the eye of every beholder, a soft but shading them; a few of the corollas will have greater effect if The green Ia a mixture of gamboge and Prussian blue; the pi red compounded. A variety of colours are used for the butterf diversity of shades; smalt, the sepias, white, and orpiment are appearance will be attained, by working the parts with a fin4 silver saucer where perceptible.
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