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WITH POETICAL ILLUSTRATIONS.
Daphne Mezereum 67-9
Dianthus Caryophyllus 77-9
Convallaria polygonatum 99-102
Nicotiana Tabacum 103-4
DIRECTIONS FOR PLACING THE PLATES.
The WREATH, a presentation Plate, to follow the half-title.
The EVENING PRIMROSE, Plate E, to front the title as a fron-
The twenty-four Flowers to face their botanical descriptions.
FLORA AND THALIA;
GEMS OF FLOWERS AND POETRY.
AN ODE TO SPRING.
Now the golden morn aloft
Waves her dew-bespangled wing,
She wooes the tardy spring ;
New-born flocks, in rustic dance,
Frisking ply their feeble feet;
The birds his presence greet.
But chief the skylark warbles high
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;
The herd stood drooping by;
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.