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Alas! its to thy neebor sweet,
Wi spreckled breast, When upward springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling east.
Cauld blew the bitter biting north
Amid the storm,
Thy tender form.
The flaunting flowers our gardens yield," High sheltering woods and wa's maun shield; But thou, beneath the random beild
O'clod or stane, Adorns the histie stibble-field,
There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
In humble guise ;
And low thou lies !
Such is the fate of artless maid,
And guileless trust; Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid
Low i' the dust.
Such is the fate of simple bard,
Of prudent lore,
And whelm him o'er !
Such fate to suffering worth is given,
To misery's brink,
He ruin'd sink!
E'en thou, who mourn'st the daisy's fate,
Full on thy bloom,
Shall be thy doom.
Spartium scoparium. Common Broom.
Diadelphia Decandria. Calyx extending downwards, two-lipped. Filaments adhering
to the germen. Summit woolly above. Leaves in threes, and solitary. Branches without prickles, angular.
Leaves and leaf-stalks slightly hairy. Calyx the upper segment with two teeth larger than those of the lower. Blossom-standard nearly circular, slightly notched at the end. Keel the petals rather hooked, united at the lower edge by an intertexture of very fine, soft, woolly hairs. Stamens four long and six short. Style bowed almost into a circle, and after flowering, into a spiral; the very end, which one would be inclined to regard as the summit, not hairy. Blossom yellow.-Withering.
This gay shrub, with its bright yellow blossoms, like chains of gold hung upon its branches, is too well known to require further description. It was formerly called Planta Genista, and under this name possesses much historical interest, as from hence was derived the word Plantagenet. Géfroi, duke of Anjou, father of our Henry the Second, was in the practice of wearing a sprig of Planta Genista in his cap; or, as an old writer quaintly expresses it, “ he wore commonly a broom-stalke in his bonnet;" and from this circumstance he acquired the name of Plantagenet, which he transmitted to his princely descendants, who all bore it, from Henry, who has been called the first royal sprig of Genista, down to Richard the Third, the last degenerate scion of the plant of Anjou.