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It then exerts its gentle power
An emblem true thou art
Of love's enduring lustre, given
And our friend Moir (Delta of Blackwood's Magazine) pays this feeling tribute to the Wallflower.
The Wallflower, the Wallflower!
How beautiful it blooms ! It gleams above the ruined tower,
Like sunlight over tombs ; It sheds a halo of
repose Around the wrecks of time; To beauty give the flauuting rose —
The Wallflower is sublime.
Flower of the solitary place!
Gray Ruin's golden crown, That lendest melancholy grace
To haunts of old Renown: Thou mantlest o'er the battlement,
By strife or storm decay'd ; And fillest up each envious rent
Time's canker-tooth hath made.
Whither hath fled the choral band
That fill'd the abbey's nave?
Yon dark sepulchral yew-trees stand
O’er many a level grave.
Her young brood nurseth well,
A sweet, decaying smell.
In the season of the tulip-cup,
When blossoms clothe the trees, How sweet to throw the lattice up,
And scent thee on the breeze!
The bee is on the wing,
The linnets sit and sing.
Sweet Wallflower, sweet Wallflower!
Thou conjurest up to me
Of boyhood's thoughtless glee ;
In woodland pastures green,
Than since they e'er have been.
Now Autumn's pensive voice is heard
Amid the yellow bowers; The robin is the regal bird,
And thou the queen of flowers !
Amid the twilight dim,
Rich is the pink, the lily gay,
The rose is summer's guest; Bland are thy charms when these decay
Of flowers first, last, and best!
And statelier on the tree
Thou art the flower for me!
NARCISSUS AND DAFFODIL.
The ancients attributed the origin of this flower to the metamorphosis of a beautiful youth named Narcissus, who, having slighted the love of the nymph Echo, became enamoured of his own image, which he beheld in a fountain, and pined to death in consequence.
Here young Narcissus o'er the fountain stood,
There are several species of the Narcissus. That called the Poetic is the largest of the white kinds, and may be distinguished from all others by the crimson border of the very shallow and almost flat cup of the nectary. The double variety is the most frequent in gardens. The narrow-leafed crimson-edged Narcissus is the only one that resembles the Poetic, but it is not much more than half as large, with narrower leaves, a flatter form, and the edge of the nectary more prominent. It flowers earlier than the other.
The Yellow Narcissus is better known by the name of Daffodil. By early writers this flower was considered as a species of lily. It has even been conjectured that the name is a corruption of Dis’s Lily, as it is supposed to be the flower dropped from the chariot of Dis or Pluto, in his flight with Proserpine.
Shakspeare, in his Winter's Tale, alludes to this story, as well as to the early season in which the Daffodil flowers :