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EXPLANATION OF THE PLATES.
PLATE I. FRONTISPIECE. Crown IMPERIAL. TURK'S-CAP Lily. LILY OF THE VALLEY.—You have the power to restore me to happiness.
Plate II. Page 72. SCARLET IPOMEA. LAURUSTINUS. CONVOLVULUS.—I attach myself to you, but shall die if neglected.
PLATE III. Page 132. JASMINE. STRAWBERRY. TULIP.-Be not too early entangled in the charms of love, or yours will be a life of inquietude.
PLATE IV. Page 192. Rose. Ivy. MYRTLE. — To Beauty, Friendship and Love.
LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS.
EARTH hath a thousand tongues, that swell
In converse soft, and low-
And where the waters flow.
Bends to the summer air,
By the soft breezes there; And angels from their starry height, On hills, and dales, and green banks write.
There is a language in each flower
That opens to the eye,
Doth in earth's blossoms lie;
Its perfume to the brceze, The earliest at the call of spring,
Among the green-clad trees, Whispers of Indiscretion's fate, Trusting too soon--convinced too late.
The Wall Flower clinging cheerfully,
Amid decaying bloom, Tells of the heart's fidelity,
In stern misfortune's gloom ;
When all around depart,
Of friendship round the heart.
That crown the Hawthorn bough, And in the Myrtle's leaflets bright,
Love softly breathes his vow. The little Lily of the Vale
Seems sent our hearts to bless, Still whispering, on spring's balmy gale,
Return of Happiness. While blooming on some favour'd spot, We trust to thee, Forget-me-not.
And quivering to the lightest wind
That fans the summer flower,
Shrinking beneath its power,
Its spreading boughs between,
A pang of misery keen;
Like lightly utter'd careless words,
Woe for the Aspen tree — and woe
For hearts too finely strung,
And heart and branch, be wrung ;
And bow them to the blast,
The hopes that could not last :
The little Blue Bell lifts its head
The Amaryllis beside, Emblems, upon their grassy bed,
Of Lowliness and Pride,
Each opening Bell appears,
Its humble blossom cheers ;
The variegated Columbine
Hangs its bright head to earth, As half ashamed the sun should shine
Upon its place of birth;