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
Pansies, Pensees, or Heart's Ease, Thoughts-You occupy my thoughts, or Pensez à Moi, pp. Plate 20-40 ff.
39 20. THOUGHTS.-YOU OCCUPY MY THOUGHTS, OR PENSEZ k MOI. Niole tricolor. Pansies, Pensees, or Heart's Ease. Natural Order. Class and Order. VIOLACEE. PENTANDRIA MONOGYNIA. THE Heart's Ease, or Pansy, from the French pens&, a thought, is a species of violet, and a native of Siberia, Japan, and many parts of Europe. Mr. Brooke, speaking of the forests in Sweden,* says, " innumerable flowers, of the liveliest colours, peeped out between the masses of brown rock, enamelled with various kinds of lichens; and huge fragments were variegated with beds of the Pansy, or Heart's Ease, displaying its different hues, relieved by the dark green of the sweeping pine." This lovely flower, " freaked with jet," is very appropriately selected as the emblem of Thoughts, which are scarcely more numerous than its sportive varieties. What is Thought? It is a mine Whose gems are of a land divine: A power no tyrant may control; An emanation of the soul! A spark of a celestial fire To favonred man in mercy given; Spirit of an immortal sire! A plant, whose flower is Heaven! Oh ! not beneath the sky's array May highest thought with man unite; 'Tis but a gleam of that fine light Whose glory shines through an eternal day." C. SWAIN. Though "the delicacy of its texture and the vivacity of its purple" render it almost inimitable, it is hoped that each variety will be recognized, as they are here placed without a specific name; it being the wish to gratify every admirer and cultivator in the pleasure of calling them by their own familiar appellations. - And there are Pansies that's for Thoughts." " The ' thoughts that lie too deep for tears' SHAKSPEARE. May, by some wond'rous power, Be called up in life's future years And thou, so rich in gentle names, appealing By gazing on a flower, To hearts that own our nature's common lot; Whose mute expression well can reach Those styl'd by sportive fancy's better feeling The soul ;-more eloquent than speech." . *.. . .... THE REv. W. B. CLAIKE. ought,' ' the Heart's Ease,' or ' Forget me not. B. BARTON. TRUCTIONS FOR COLOURING.-The Countess in " le Spectacle de la Nature" very justly says, ftest velvet, if set in competition with these flowers, would appear to the eye as coarse as In copying these, and every production of Nature, the truth of Thomson's beautiful lines will bly felt.
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