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See Hieracium's various tribe,
Of plumy seed and radiate flow'rs,
Broad o'er its imbricated cup,
The Goatsbeard spreads its golden rays, But shuts its cautious petals up,
Retreating from the noontide blaze.
Pale as a pensive cloister'd nun
The Bethlem-star her face unveils, When o'er the mountain peers the sun,
But shades it from the vesper gales.
Among the loose and arid sands
The humble Arenaria creeps ; Slowly the purple star expands,
But soon within its calyx sleeps.
And those small bells, so lightly ray'd
In young Aurora's rosy hue, Are to the noontide sun display'd,
But shut their plaits against the dew.
On upland slopes the shepherds mark
The hour, when, as the dial true, Cicharium to the towering lark
Lifts her soft eyes serenely blue.
And thou, “wee crimson-tipped flow'r,”
Gatherest thy fringed mantle round Thy bosom, at the closing hour, When night-dews bathe the turfy ground. Unlike Silena, who declines
The garish noontide's blazing light;
Thus, in each flower and simple bell,
That in our path untrodden lie,
How fast the winged moments fly.
Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,
Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
As light they dance among the flowers.
Ulex Europæus. Whin, or Gorze.
Calyx shorter than the blossom, with two spear-shaped
deciduous scales at the base.
Stems and branches very numerous, deeply furrowed, hairy, and extremely thorny. Spines angular, extremely pungent, smooth. Leaves springing from the base of the spines, solitary, awl-shaped, roughish, deciduous. Calyx sometimes very woolly, but not equally so in all plants. Blossom yellow, half as long again as the calyx, emitting
a smell like honey. Besides the pair of scales at the top of the fruit-stalk close to the calyx, there is a single scale at its base, on the outer side. Withering.
'Mid scatter'd foliage pale and sere,
Thy kindly floweret cheers the gloom ;
The tribute of its golden bloom.
Beneath November's clouded sky,
In chill December's stormy hours,
Flower of the dark and wintry day!
Emblem of friendship! thee I hail!
Viola odorata. - Sweet Violet. : Pentandria Monogynia.
. V. Leaves heart-shaped. Suckers creeping. Floral-leaves
above the middle of the fruit-stalk.
Leaf-stalks nearly smooth. Fruit-stalks channelled on the
upper side, above the floral-leaves. Flowers both with