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The annexed plate furnishes an example of the facility with which the principles laid down in the preceding pages may be reduced to practice. The subject is taken from the following song, by a French poet, the Chevalier Parny:
Aimer est un plaisir charmant,
C'est un bonheur qui nous enivre,
Avoir aimé, c'est ne plus vivre;
Que les sermens sont un mensonge,
Et que le bonheur n'est qu'un songe.
“ To love is a pleasure, a happiness, which intoxicates: to love no longer, is to live no longer; it is to have bought this sad truth, that innocence is falsehood, that love is an art, and that happiness is a dream."
LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS,
THE ORIGIN OF THEIR SIGNIFICATIONS.
ABSENCE, Wormwood. Absence, according to
La Fontaine, is the worst of evils: Wormwood is the bitterest of plants. Its name, derived
from the Greek, signifies without sweetness. ACCOMMODATING DISPOSITION, Valerian. Page
124. ACTIVITY, Thyme. Page 91. Affection, GENEROUS AND DevoTED, Honey
suckle. Page 99. AFTER-THOUGHT, China Aster. Page 181. The
Aster begins to blow when other flowers are
scarce. It is like an after-thought of Flora's,
who smiles at leaving us. AGITATION, Shaking Sainfoin. It has been re
marked that the terminating leaflet of this plant is motionless, while the two others, which are much smaller, shake incessantly during the day. This motion is one of the most singular phenomena of botany. It was
first observed in Bengal by Lady Monson. AMBITION, Hollyhock. Page 194. AMIABLENESS, Jasmine. Page 126. ARDOUR, Broom. It is said that the spadix of
the plants of this family, of which there are more than fifty species, acquires so strong a heat as to be painful to the hand when touched. This surprising fact is attested by several naturalists, and among others by Bory de
Saint Vincent, and Hubert. ARTIFICE, Clematis. Beggars, in order to ex
cite pity, make false ulcers on their flesh by means of the Clematis. This infamous arti
fice often produces in the end a real sore. Arts, The, Acanthus. Page 94. ATTACHMENT, Devoted, Peruvian Heliotrope.