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Pago ROSE, - - - - ... - FRONTISPIECE. FLOWERS: COLORED, ·

· MELROSE ABBEY, - - - - - - 40 HUMAN FLOWERS, - .

74 SPRING, - - - - - - - WELCOME AND FAREWELL - - - 188 THE FOREST SHADE, - - - - 239

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PREFACE.

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if I love God, I love little children, I love the flowers,” said a Persian, in vindication of his character as a true poet. Very few, in any time, possessing the 66 vision and the faculty divine,” have failed to give such evidence of inspiration. In cottage and in palace, in every country, and in every age, flowers have been teachers and companions of the gentle and kind hearted; the truest language of love, the liveliest symbols of all holy thoughts and feelings.

This little volume contains some of the most beautiful poems which, from old Chaucer's time, has been written in our language about flowers. It is itself a “ garden of poesies,” which will not be unwelcome to any who love either song or nature.

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