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I love the palm, With its leaves of beauty, its fruit of balm

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Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies.
Hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower; but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

- TENNYSON.

Not a flower
But shows some touch in freckle, streak, or stain
Of His unrivalled pencil.

- COWPER.

Flowers are words
Which even a babe may understand.

BISHOP Coxe.

Flowers preach to us if we will hear.
The rose saith in the dewy morn,
"I am most fair.
Yet all my loveliness is born
Upon a thorn."
The lilies say, Behold how we
Preach, without words, of purity!"

But not alone the fairest flowers :
The merest grass
Along the roadside where we pass,
Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,
Tell of His love who sends the dew,
The rain, and the sunshine too,
To nourish one small seed,

- DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI,

Earth's children slumber when the wild winds rise -
The tempest passes o'er, and heaven looks through their eyes.

-GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY.

"The Post gathers fruit from

tree Grape from thámuokkies from thisfles hee Plucked his hand the basest seed that 7 grows Towers to a lily, redens to a rose

Flowers preach to us if we will hear.

- DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI,

God made the flowers to beautify
The earth, and cheer man's careful mood;
And he is happiest who hath power
To gather wisdom from a flower,
And wake his heart in every hour
To pleasant gratitude.

- WORDSWORTH.

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And the Poet, faithful and far-seeing,

Sees, alike in stars and flowers, a part Of the selfsame universal being,

Which is throbbing in his brain and heart.

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In all places then, and in all seasons,

Flowers expand their light and soul-like wings, Teaching us, by most persuasive reasons,

How akin they are to human things.

And with childlike credulous affection

We behold their tender buds expand; Emblem of our own great resurrection, Emblems of the bright and better land.

- LONGFELLOW.

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PART I

FLOWERS — IN GENERAL

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