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LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS .

Contents.

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1.-THE FLOWER DIAL; showing the Time of Opening

and Closing of various Flowers

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V.-VOCABULARY OF FLOWERS. Part I. With a Com

plete Collection Quotations from the English
Poets, illustrative of Various Sentiments

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VI.-VOCABULARY OF FLOWERS. Part II...

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The Flower DIAL.

Showing the Time of Opening and Closing of various

Flowers.

Look at the fate of summer flowers,
Which blow at daybreak, droop ere evensong:
And, grieved for their brief date, confess that ours,
Measured by what we are and ought to be,
Measured by all that, trembling, we foresee,

Is not so long !-WORDSWORTH.

OPENING TIME.
MORNING.

H. M.

THE FLOWERS.

CLOSING TIME,
AFTERNOON.

H. M.

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3 5 ....Goat's Beard
4 ......... Late-flowering Dandelion.........
4 5 ......... Hawkweed Pricris .....
4 5 .........Alpine Hawk's Beard
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.Wild Succory...
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..Naked-stalked Poppy 5

..Copper-coloured Day Lily 5

.Smooth Sowthistle.... 5

.Blue-flower Sowthistle .........
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Field Bindweed
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.Spotted Cat's Ear
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.White Water Lily 7

Garden Lettuce 7

African Marigold 8

..Mouse-ear Hawkweed 8

......... Proliferous Pink. 9 .........Field Marigold

..Purple Sandwort 9 10 .........Creeping Mallow 9

..Chickweed

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Introduction.

FLOWERS AND THEIR TEACHINGS.

There's odour in the very name

Which to the thoughtful brain,
Comes with refreshing influence,

Like April's pleasant rain.
The rose that to the sun's warm kiss

Uplifts its blushing cheek,
Is but a rainbow-type of life

Departing while we speak.

S we turn over the leaves of the great book of nature, and examine the bright-hued, gracefully-formed, and

perfume-haunted characters inscribed thereon ; when we muse upon the beautiful and holy thoughts, the refined fancies, and the tender and pleasant memories associated therewith ; we cannot fail to acknowledge gratefully the wisdom and goodness of Him who has scattered them so plentifully over the face of the earth, for man's pleasure and instruction.

Well and truly has it been said that "stars are the flowers of heaven," even as “flowers are the stars of earth ;” and when those beautiful adorners of our terrestrial and transitory abidingplace are all withered and dead, then, as though to compensate for their loss, and to lift our hearts to the contemplation of higher and holier things than can be met with here, do the number and radiance seem to increase of those shining forms that sprinkle the expanse of that celestial realm where we are taught to look for our everlasting habitation.

It was only natural, that from an early period, and throughout all lands, flowers should have been chosen as emblems of thoughts and sentiments, and invested with a language of their

Round many a flower beautiful thoughts cluster, and even He who was Lord of all, did not disdain, in the lessons He taught, to use as illustrations of great truths, the Lilies that toil

own.

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