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E'en the rough rocks with tender myrtle bloom, and trodden weeds send out a rich perfume.
      - Joseph Addison

The happy bells shall ring Marguerite;
  The summer birds shall sing Marguerite;
    You smile but you shall wear
      Orange blossoms in your hair, Marguerite.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Wedded

The breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes like the warbling of music) than in the hand.
      - Francis Bacon

What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of heaven?
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

Sweet letters of the angel tongue,
  I've loved ye long and well,
    And never have failed in your fragrance sweet
      To find some secret spell,--
        A charm that has bound me with witching power,
          For mine is the old belief,
            That midst your sweets and midst your bloom,
              There's a soul in every leaf!
      - Mathurin M. Ballou, Flowers

Flowers are sent to do God's work in unrevealed paths, and to diffuse influence by channels that we hardly suspect.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Flowers may beckon towards us, but they speak toward heaven and God.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

He must have an artist's eye for color and form who can arrange a hundred flowers as tastefully, in any other way, as by strolling through a garden, and picking here one and there one, and adding them to the bouquet in the accidental order in which they chance to come. Thus we see every summer day the fair lady coming in from the breezy side hill with gorgeous colors and most witching effects. If only she could be changed to alabaster, was ever a finer show of flowers in so fine a vase? But instead of allowing the flowers to remain as they were gathered, they are laid upon the table, divided, rearranged on some principle of taste, I know not what, but never again have that charming naturalness and grace which they first had.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

What a pity flowers can utter no sound! A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle--oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!
      - Henry Ward Beecher

As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher,
        Star Papers--A Discourse of Flowers

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
      - Henry Ward Beecher,
        Star Papers--A Discourse of Flowers

Flowers are Love's truest language; they betray,
  Like the divining rods of Magi old,
    Where precious wealth lies buried, not of gold,
      But love--strong love, that never can decay!
      - Park Benjamin,
        Sonnet--Flowers, Love's Truest Language

To create a little flower is the labor of ages.
      - William Blake

Flowers are the bright remembrances of youth; they waft us back, with their bland odorous breath, the joyous hours that only young life knows, ere we have learnt that this fair earth hides graves.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

To cultivate a garden is to walk with God, to go hand in hand with nature in some of her most beautiful processes, to learn something of her choicest secrets, and to have a more intelligent interest awakened in the beautiful order of her works elsewhere.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Thick on the woodland floor
  Gay company shall be,
    Primrose and Hyacinth
      And frail Anemone,
        Perennial Strawberry-bloom,
          Woodsorrel's pencilled veil,
            Dishevel'd Willow-weed
              And Orchis purple and pale.
      - Robert Seymour Bridges, Idle Flowers

I have loved flowers that fade,
  Within those magic tents
    Rich hues have marriage made
      With sweet unmemoried scents.
      - Robert Seymour Bridges, Shorter Poets
         (bk. II, 13)

And lilies are still lilies, pulled
  By smutty hands, though spotted from their white.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. III)

Brazen helm of daffodillies,
  With a glitter toward the light.
    Purple violets for the mouth,
      Breathing perfumes west and south;
        And a sword of flashing lilies,
          Holden ready for the fight.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Hector in the Garden

Ah, ah, Cytherea! Adonis is dead.
  She wept tear after tear, with the blood which was shed,--
    And both turned into flowers for the earth's garden-close;
      Her tears, to the wind-flower,--his blood, to the rose.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Lament for Adonis (st. 6)

The flower-girl's prayer to buy roses and pinks,
  Held out in the smoke, like stars by day.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        The Soul's Travelling

Yet here's eglantine,
  Here's ivy!--take them as I used to do
    Thy flowers, and keep them where they shall not pine.
      Instruct thine eyes to keep their colours true,
        And tell thy soul their roots are left in mine.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Trans. from the Portuguese (XLIV)

Flowers spring up unsown and die ungathered.
      - William Cullen Bryant

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