* * * "S'adopra in sua salute, II qual de l'herbe, e de le nobil' acque Ben conosceva ogni uso, ogni virtute".
"Ger. Lib." c. xi, s. 70.
* * "In every plant There lives a spirit, more or less akin Unto the spirit of humanity.
Some heal diseases dire; others wake Strange whimsies in the busy brain of man".
"And God sent flowers to beautify The earth, and cheer man's careful mood; And he is happiest who hath power To gather wisdom from a flower, And wake his heart in every hour, To pleasant gratitude".
* "By the breath of flowers.
Thou callest us from city throngs and cares,
Back to the woods, the birds, the mountain streams,
That sing of Thee - back to free childhood's heart,
Fresh with the dews of tenderness".
"Where does the wisdom, and the power divine In a more bright and sweet reflection shine, Where do we finer strokes and colours see Of the Creator's real poetry, Than when we with attention look Upon the third day of the book? If we could open and intend our eye, We all, like Moses, should espy Ev'n in a bush, the radiant Deity ! But we despise these, His inferior ways, Tho' no less full of miracle and praise, Upon the stars of Heaven we gaze, The stars of earth no wonder in us raise".
"Oh! to what uses shall we put,
The wild-weed flower that simply blows? And is there any moral shut,
Within the bosom of a rose? But any man that walks the mead,
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find, According as his humours lead, A meaning suited to his mind".
"Small service, is true service, while it lasts -
Of humblest friends, bright creature, scorn not one. The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dew-drop from the sun".
"There is religion in a flower, The still small voice is as the voice of conscience: Mountains and oceans, planets, suns, and systems, Bear not the impress of Almighty power, In characters more legible, than those Which he hath written on the tiniest flower, Whose light bells bend beneath the dew-drop's weight".
"To me, the meanest flower that.blows, can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears".
"Blame me not laborious band, For the idle flowers I brought; Every aster in my hand Comes back laden with a thought".
"I read the word of God in the flowers, in the little verdant plants." - Frederika Bremer in "Nina"
"An eternal book Whence I may copy many a lovely saying About the leaves and flowers".
"And he who perpetually reads good books, if his parts be answerable, will have a huge stock of knowledge." - Bp. Taylor.
"How delightful it is in early spring, after the dull and tedious time of winter, when the frost disappears, and the sunshine warms the earth and waters, to wander forth by some clear stream, to see the leaf bursting from the purple bud, to scent the odours of the bank perfumed with the violet, and enamelled, as it were, with the primrose, and the daisy. - Sir H. Davey.
"Pleasant it is to note all plants from the rush to the spreading cedar, From the giant King of Palms, to the lichen that staineth its stem".
"Perchance 'tis very childishness that weaves Fancies with flowers, and borrows from their hues A colour for my thoughts - but if it be, It is a weakness that will win a smile, Nor tempt a frown from sage philosophy. Or if he frown, in sooth, he's not the sage Men take him for - I would not give the love My heart can feel for these frail harmless things Of green and gold, to be enshrined in all The dusty grandeur of his worm-ate lore".
"Nothing which gives us a happy hour can be insignificant." - Dr.George Johnston.
"And if some things are set down which many may think trivial, let it be considered that the smallest incidents are often as useful to be known, tho' not as diverting, as the greater, and profit must always share with entertainment".
"If our virtues did not go forth of us, 'twere all one As if we had them not".
"What if each little rain should say, So small a thing as I Can ne'er refresh the thirsty plain, I'll tarry in the sky?
What if each shining beam of noon,
Should in its fountain stay, Because its feeble light alone,
Cannot create a day?
Doth not each rain-drop help to form,
The cool refreshing shower? And every ray of light to warm,
And beautify some flower?"
* * "The one supreme,
The all-sustaining, ever-present, God, Who clothed the soul with immortality, Gave also these delights, to cheer on earth The fleeting passage: therefore let us greet Each wandering flower-scent as a boon from Heaven".
"Doubtless they are the admirable work of the most Omnipotent God, who hath sent as many kinds of medicines as of maladies, that as by the one we may see our own wretchednesse, so by the other, we might magnifie his good-nesse towards man, on whom he hath bestowed fruit for meat, and leaves for medicine."- Gwillim's "Display of Heraldry".
"With holy awe I cull the opening flower, The hand of God hath made it, and where'er The flow'ret blooms, there God is present also".
"Oh attend Whoe'er thou art, whom these delights can touch, Whose candid bosom, the refining love Of nature warms; oh ! listen to my song; And I will guide thee to her favourite walks, And teach thy solitude her voice to hear, And point her loveliest features to thy view".
"Herbs, woods, and springs, the power that in you lies If man could know your properties!"
"An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds".
"Midsummer Nights Dream".
"Blessed be God for flowers! For the bright, gentle, holy, thoughts that breathe From out their odorous beauty, like a wreath Of sunshine in life's hours".
"Of these most helpfulle hearbes, yet tell we but a few, To those unnumbered sorts of simples here that grew, Which justly to set down, euen Dodon short doth fall, Nor skillfulle Gerarde yet, shall euer find them all".
"Of simples in these groves that grow We '11 learn the perfect skill; The nature of each herb to know, Which cures - and which can kill".
"The power of herbes, both which can hurt and ease, And which be wont to encage the restlesse sleepe".
"Blumen, ach Blumen, die heileh jeder Schmerz,
Drum druckt man ein Kind gern an das wunde Herz".
"How behovefull the knowledge of the vertues and operations of trees, plants, herbs, and other vegetables are for the extolling and manifesting the omnipotency, wisdom, mercy, loving-favour, and fatherly providence of our most gracious God toward sinfull man, is, in that He hath created for the behoof and use of man, as well touching his necessary food, and rayment, as for recreation and delight; we may evidently perceive by Solomon's industrious investigation of the virtues and operations of all sorts of vegetables for (besides other his admirable qualities wherewith he was richly endued) he had surpassing knowledge in the virtues, operations, and qualities of herbes and other vegetables, in so much as he was able to reason, discourse, and dispute, not onely of beasts, fowles, and creeping things, and fishes, but of trees, alsoe plants, from the Cedar in Lebanon, to the Hyssope that springeth out of the wall." - Gwillim.
"We will now enquire of plants, or vegetables; and we shall doe it with diligence. They are the principall part of the third daies worke * * * They are of excellent generall use; for food, medicine, and a number of mechanicall arts."-Bacon, "Sylva Sylvarum".
"Serving no haughty muse my hands have here Disposed some cultured flowrets (drawn from spots Where they bloomed singly, or in scattered knots.)"
"No more telle I zow yane I fynde".
"Stockholm Med. MS".