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How falls it, oriole, thou hast come to fly
At some glad moment was it nature's choice
Or did 'some orange tulip, flaked with black,
Yearning toward Heaven until its wish was heard, Desire unspeakably to be a bird ?
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance ; pray you, love, remember and there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
Hamlet, Act iv. Sc. 5.
With littl. here to do or see
For thou art worthy,
Which love makes for thee!
Cymbeline, AG iv. Sc. 2.
Myriads of daisies have shone forth in flower But earthlier happy is the rose distilled,
Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose, Poems composed in the Summer of 1833. WORDSWORTH.
With whose sweet smell the air shall be per
fumed. We meet thee, like a pleasant thought,
King Henry VI., Part II. Art i. Sc.1. SHAKESPEARE When such are wanted. To the Daisy.
WORDSWORTH. The Frenchman's darling. *
The Task: Winter Evening.
And 't is my faith that every flower
Lines written in Early Spring.
WORDSWORTH. Which children pluck, and, full of pride, uphold,
High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they
J. R. Lowell. ! 'T is clear that they were always able
To hold discourse -- at least in fable.
Pairing Time Anticipated.
Rise with the lark, and with the lark to bed. That come before the swallow dares, and take
The Village Curate
J. HURD'S. The winds of March with beauty; violets, dim, But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes, Call for the robin-redbreast and the wren, Or Cytherea's breath ; pale primroses,
Since o'er shady groves they hover, That die unmarried ere they can behold
And with leaves and flowers do cover Bright Phoebus in his strength - .
| The friendless bodies of unburied men. . . . bold oxlips, and
The White Devil, Adt v. Sc. 2.
J. WEBSTER. The crown imperial ; lilies of all kinds. The Winter's Tale, Act iv. Sc. 3 SHAKESPEARE.
What bird so sings, yet so does wail ?
0, 't is the ravished nightingale A primrose by a river's brim
Jug, jug, jug, jug-tereu --- she cries, A yellow primrose was to him,
And still her woes at midnight rise. And it was nothing more.
Brave prick-song! who is 't now we hear ? Peter Bell.
WORDSWORTH. None but the lark so shrill and clear,
Now at heaven's gate she claps her wings,
The morn not waking till she sings.
Hark, hark ! but what a pretty note, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
Poor Robin-redbreast tunes his throat ; With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine.
Hark, how the jolly cuckoos sing Midsummer Night's Dream, Ad ii. Sc.1. SHAKESPEARE.
“Cuckoo !" to welcome in the spring. Desert caves,
| Alexander and Campaspe, Ad v. Sc. I. JOHN LYLY With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown.
• Bartlett says, " It was Cowper who gave this now common name
. Bar Lycidas.
MILTON. to the Mignonette."
O nightingale, that on yon bloomy spray The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine !
Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still ; Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Thou with fresh hope the lover's heart dost fill! Essay on Man, Epistle I.
A poor sequestered stag,
That froin the hunter's aim had ta'en a hurt, Portend success in love.
Did come to languish ; . . To the Nightingale.
. . . . and the big round tears
Coursed one another down his innocent nose The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark In piteous chase. When neither is attended ; and I think
As You Like It, det ii. Sc. i. . SHAKESPEARE. The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, No better a musician than the wren.
Had he thy reason, would he skip and play? How many things by season seasoned are
Pleased to the last, he crops the flowery food, To their right praise and true perfection.
And licks the hand just raised to shed his blood.
POPE. So, naturalists observe, a flea
Now half appeared Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
The tawny lion,* pawing to get free And these have smaller still to bite 'em ; His hinder parts, then springs as broke froin And so proceed ad infinitum.
bonds, Poetry, a Rhapsody,
Swift. And rampant shakes his brinded mane.
. See Mr. Bryant's Introduction, page 32.
Merchant of Venice, Act v. Sc.I.