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But chief, myself I will enjoin
To wake at duty's call,
To Him who gives me all.
Galanthus nivalis. Snow-drop.
of February. Hexandria Monogynia.
G. Petals three, concave. Nectary three; smaller petals
notched at the end. Summit undivided.
Only one pair of leaves, blunt, keeled, glaucous, sheathed
at the base. Stalk cylindrical, naked, bearing one flower. Sheath cylindrical, often cloven at the edge. Flower on a fruit-stalk, nodding, scentless. Blossom white, with nine semi-transparent streaks on each petal. Nectary white, with green streaks, and a green border on the outside. Withering
Narcissus, nature's hardy child,
“ The winds of March with beauty takes;”
'Mid snowy wreaths Galanthus wakes ;
Uncheck'd by storms, unchill'd by cold,
“ Wan herald of the coming year," We see her pennon fair unfold, - While yet the skies are dark and drear; And streaming on the wintry gale, We bid her spotless banner hail.
Her hardiest veteran Flora sends,
The green and pensile staff to bear, And while his ramparts frost defends,
To plant her standard firmly there : Till, like some shallop's snow-white sail, It floats upon the icy gale.
Soon, numerous as the countless train,
That wak'd the Persian monarch's tear, The welcome conquerors of the plain,
Shall Flora's flowery bands appear : Pledge of her coming, lo! we hail Her banner waving in the gale.
Come then, thy signal-flag display,
And on the breeze thy streamers fling, Fair as the flowers of sorrow's day,
That in the mourner's pathway spring, To cheer him while the storm prevails, And bring the hope of milder gales.
Primula vulgaris. Common Primrose.
Blossom tube cylindrical. Mouth open. Stem within the lube. Capsule one-celled, cylindrical, many-seeded, opening with ten teeth. Leaves wrinkled, toothed. Border of the blossom flat.-Withering.
TO AN EARLY PRIMROSE.
Mild offspring of a dark and sullen sire!
Was nursed in whirling storms,
Thee, when young Spring first question'd winter's sway,
Thee on this bank he threw,
In this low vale, the promise of the year,
Unnoticed and alone,
So virtue blooms, brought forth amid the storms
Of life she rears her head,