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See Hieracium's various tribe,

Of plumy seed and radiate flow'rs,
The course of time their blooms describe,
And wake or sleep appointed hours.

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;
But, when the evening crescent shines,
Gives all her sweetness to the night.

Thus, in each flower and simple bell,

That in our path untrodden lie,
Are sweet remembrancers, to tell

How fast the winged moments fly.

Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,

Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
Who still their fairy footsteps trace,

As light they dance among the flowers.

Ulex Europæus. Whin, or Gorze.

Common Furze.
Diadelphia Decandria.

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

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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 ;
And offers to the waning year

The tribute of its golden bloom.

Beneath November's clouded sky,

In chill December's stormy hours,
Thy blossom meets the traveller's eye,
Gay as the buds of summer bowers.

Flower of the dark and wintry day!

Emblem of friendship! thee I hail!
Blooming when others fade away,
. And brightest when their hues grow pale.

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

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