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his beloved Thisbe had been devoured by a furious lioness, killed himself in despair. Thisbe, who had fled affrighted from their place of meeting, returned just in time to see her lover expire. She could not survive him, and the same dagger united the lovers in death.
I SHARE YOUR SENTIMENTS, Garden Daisy. It appears that it is very long since cultivation doubled the pretty field Daisy. When the mistress of a knight permitted him to have this flower engraven on his arms, it was a public avowal that she returned his love. I SURMOUNT ALL DIFFICULTIES, Misletoe. Page
I WILL THINK OF IT, Wild Daisy. In the times
of chivalry, when a lady would neither reject nor accept the suit of her lover, she adorned her brow with a wreath of Wild Daisies, which
intimated: I will think of it.
IMMORTALITY, Amaranth. Page 220. The name of this flower is composed of two Greek words, which signify never-fading.
IMPATIENCE, Balsam. The seed-vessel of this
plant contains five cells. When maturity
approaches, each of these divisions curls up at the slightest touch, and scatters its seeds to a distance by a spontaneous movement. Hence its English appellation - Touch-menot.
IMPORTUNITY, Burdock. Burdock takes pos
session of a good soil, from which it is very difficult to extirpate it. Everybody is acquainted with its burs, which fasten on one's clothes in such a troublesome manner. INCONSTANCY, Large-flowered Evening Primrose. A native of Virginia, which, notwithstanding its inconstancy, has been favourably received in our gardens.
INDEPENDENCE, Wild Plum-tree. The wild
Plum is the least tractable of our native trees. It will not bear the knife, neither can it be transplanted.
INDISCRETION, Bulrush. King Midas, having
preferred the singing of Marsyas, the satyr, to that of Apollo, the god clapped upon him a pair of ass's ears. The king's barber saw them, and, unable to keep the secret, buried it at the foot of a cluster of Bulrushes. These reeds, shaken by the wind, continually mur. mured, King Midas has ass's ears.
INFIDELITY, Yellow Rose. It is well known that yellow is the colour of false as well as of jealous people. The Yellow Rose seems also to be their flower. Injured by wet, scorched by the sun, this scentless rose, which profits neither by attention nor liberty, seems to thrive only under restraint. When you would see it in perfection, you must bend down its buds towards the ground, and keep them by force in that position.
INGENUITY, Pencilled-leafed Geranium. When we compare the works of God with those of man, how trifling the latter appear! Take a piece of the finest lawn, look at it through a glass, and it appears like canvass: take, on the other hand, the meanest of the Almighty's works, and the more you examine it the greater harmony and symmetry you will find. The pencilled-leaf Geranium to the negligent and careless observer appears a simple flower; but examine it closely, mark the pink veins that meander in every direction over its leaves, sometimes so delicate as to be scarcely visible; study it well, and the more you do so the more beautiful it will appear: and learn thence
to admire the skill and ingenuity displayed in the works of the Creator.
INGRATITUDE, Buttercup. This plant is the most mischievous of any in our meadows: cultivation makes its bad qualities worse. It flowers from May to August.
INJUSTICE, Hop. The Hop is made the emblem
of injustice, because its climbing tendrils stifle the trees and plants which they entwine in their embrace; and the prodigious vegetation of the whole plant speedily exhausts the soil upon which it grows.
INNOCENCE, Daisy. Page 43. INSPIRATION, Angelica. This beautiful plant, which grows in the northernmost countries, is employed to crown the Lapland poets, who fancy themselves inspired by its odour. INTOXICATION, Vine. Anacharsis said that the Vine produces three kinds of fruit, intoxication, debauchery, and repentance; and that he who is temperate in speech, in diet, and in amusement, must be an excellent
IRONY, Sardonia. This plant has some resemblance to parsley. It contains a poison, which
has the effect of contracting the mouth in so singular a manner as to give the appearance of laughter to a person at the point of death. Hence this horrible laugh is called the sardonic: it is often seen playing on the lips of Satire and cold Irony.
JOKING, Balm Gentle. This plant gives out an agreeable lemon smell: an infusion of it composes the nerves and excites mirth. Joy, Wood Sorrel. The Wood Sorrel, vulgarly called Cuckoo's Bread, flowers about Easter. This pretty plant every evening folds up its leaves, closes its flowers, and lets them droop, as if to indulge in sleep: but at the first dawn of day, you would say that it was filled with joy, for it expands its leaves, opens its flowers, and, from this circumstance, no doubt, it is said by the country-people to give praise to God.
JUSTICE SHALL BE DONE TO YOU, Sweet-scented Tussilage. Page 202.
KEEP YOUR PROMISES, Plum-tree. The Plumtree is every year covered with flowers; but,