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Heliotropium

Iris Subbiflora

Jasminum

51-2

53-4

55-60

73.6

Ranunculus acris

61-2

Lavandula Spica

63-6

Daphne Mezereum 67-9

Narcissus Tazetta

70-3

Orchis

Dianthus Caryophyllus 77-9

Pyrus Cydonia

80.2

Rosa Centifolia

82.98

Convallaria polygonatum 99-102

Nicotiana Tabacum 103-4

Uva Ursi

105-6

Viola tricolor

C. Cheiri

Iris pseud-acorus

Zedoary

107-19

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FLORA AND THALIA;

OR,

GEMS OF FLOWERS AND POETRY.

AN ODE TO SPRING.

Now the golden morn aloft

Waves her dew-bespangled wing,
With vermeil cheek, and whisper soft,

She wooes the tardy spring ;
Till April starts, and calls around
The sleeping fragrance from the ground;
And lightiy, o'er the living scene,
Scatters his freshest tend'rest green.

New-born flocks, in rustic dance,

Frisking ply their feeble feet;
Forgetful of their wintry trance,

The birds his presence greet.

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But chief the skylark warbles high
His trembling thrilling ecstasy,
And lessening from the dazzled sight,
Melts into air and liquid light.

Rise my soul! on wings of fire,

Rise the rapt'rous choir among ; Hark !’tis Nature strikes the lyre,

And leads the general song. Warm let the lyric transport flow, Warm as the ray that bids it glow, And animates the vernal grove With health, with harmony, and love.

Yesterday, the sullen year

Saw the snowy whirlwind fly;
Mute was the music of the air,

The herd stood drooping by;
Their raptures now that wildly flow,
No yesterday, nor morrow, know;
'Tis man alone that joy descries,
With forward and reverted eyes.

See the wretch, that long has tost

On the thorny bed of pain, At length repair his vigour lost,

And breathe, and walk again. The meanest floweret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, The common sun, the air, the skies, To him are opening paradise.

GRAY.

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