Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. XLII., May 1851

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Excerpt THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS. BY JNO. B. DUFFEY.() As, wandering forth at rosy dawn,When sparkling dew-drops deck the lawn,From glen and glade, and river-side,We bring young flowers—the morning's pride.And, bound in wreaths, or posies sweet,With flowers our favored ones we greet;For flowers a silent language own,That makes our maiden wishes known.A language that by love was wrought,And by fond love to mortals taught;A language, too, that lovers know,Where, watched by love, sweet flowers may blow.A language richer, purer farThan all the tongue-born dialects are;And, as the flowers, devoid of art,It is the language of the heart.Thoughts that would perish all untoldLive on the tongues that flowers enfold:Thus will the Tulip's crimson shellThe love of stammering youth unveil.And happy will that trembler be,If she, with cheek of modesty,Shall give his soft avowal room,And twine it with the Myrtle's bloom.But, should her heart feel not his glow,The mottled Pink may answer "No;"Yet Friendship, in an Ivy wreath,A balm upon the wound will breathe.The Morning-glory's dewy bellIn mystic tones of hope may tell—Tell of a struggle in the breast,Where, warring, love 'gainst love is pressed.The Heartsease, flower of purple hue,Seeks an affection ever true;And, in the Bay-leaf's still reply,Speaketh a love will never die.The little Daisy grows for herWho heedeth not the flatterer;And spotless Lilies love the breastWhere child-like Innocence is pressed.Young Beauty's symbol is the RoseWhose blushing petals half unclose;And in the snowy VioletSweet Modesty her home hath set.And thus of feeling, every shadeMay be through voiceless flowers conveyed;And all the fond endearments knownTo deep-felt love, thus greet love's own. Engraved expressly for Godey's Lady's Book by W. E. TuckerPrinted by H. Quig. SONNET.—AUDUBON. BY WM. ALEXANDER. Ah! is he blind, who erst, untiringly,Searched wildwood, prairie, meadow, rock, and wold,For you, sweet songsters, clad in yellow gold?When comes spring's carnival, enchantinglySing ye to him, with sorrow in your song;For that his sightless orbs now roll in vain,No more to view your rainbow-tints again—Love-lays in gratitude to him belong,From matin Lark, loud herald of the day—From Philomel, coy chorister of night:Listens he yet, ye birds, with dear delight,In rapture musing on your plumage gay,Hoping to soar, when life's short day is done,On eagle-pinions up to yonder central sun. SPRING.—A BALLAD BY MARY SPENSER PEASE.() Spring, with its glad influencesStealing up from bosky dell,Once more quickens Nature's heart-pulseWith its sunny, witching spell.Each new morn the boughs hang thickerWith the leaves of Nature's book;Each new eve adds a new chapterTo the life of bird and brook.Each new morn the world is greener;Age forgets its shriveled yearsIn the warmth and life upspringingOut from Winter's chill and tears.Each new morn the song grows sweeter—Song of loving bee and bird;Each new eve, from youth and maiden,Softer cadences are heard....
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