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Bay, shall not intellectual powers
Forbid it, every nobler power
This overgroen, like many of Flora's favored children, has a classie origin. It was named from Myrsine, a Grecian priestess, who served in the temple of Venus. She was beloved by Minerva and Venus, and the latter changed her after death into a myrtle, which she commanded to romain green and odorous through the year.
The goddess Discordia, at the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, throw amidst the company a golden apple, inscribed, Let the fairest take it." Judo, Venus, and Minerva were the competitors; Venus, achieving the vietory, was crowned by Cupid with a myrtle-wreath.
LOVE IN ABSENCE.
F. W. THOMAS.
"T is said that absence conquers love!
But, oh! believe it not;
But thou art not forgot.
Yet still thou art as dear,
As when I clasped thee here.
And smile to hear thy name;
They knew me still the same.
I toast some other fair-
Thy name is echoed there.
A THOUGHT OF THE ROSE.
How much of memory dwells amidst thy bloom,
Rose ! ever wearing beauty for thy dower! The bridal day - the festival – the tomb,
Thou hast thy part in each, thou stateliest flower;
Therefore with thy soft breath come floating by
A thousand images of love and grief, Dreams, filled with tokens of mortality,
Deep thoughts of all things beautiful and brief.
Not such thy spells o'er those that hailed thee first,
In the clear light of Eden's golden day! There thy rich leaves to crimson glory burst,
Linked with no dim remembrance of decay.
Rose! for the banquet gathered and the bier!
Rose ! colored now by human hope or pain; Surely where death is not - nor change, nor fear,
Yet may we meet thee, Joy's own flower, again.
THE OAK OF GUERNICA.
•The anciont oak of GUERNICA, says Laborde, in his account of Bloouy, is a most venerable monument. Ferdinand and Isabella, in the year 1476, after hearing mass in the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua, repaired to this tree, under which they swore to the Biscayans to maintain their fueros (privileges). What other interest belongs to it in the minds of this people will appear from the following."
Oak of Guernica! Tree of holier power
THE THREE FLOWERS.
A tulip blossomed, one morning in May,
By the side of a sanded alley; Its leaves were dressed in rich array, Like the clouds at the earliest dawn of day,
When the mist rolls over the valley. The dew had descended the night before,
And lay on its velvet rosom, And its spreading urn was flowing o'er, And the crystal heightened the tints it bore
On its yellow and crimson blossom.
A sweet red rose, on its bending thorn,
Its bud was newly spreading ; And the flowing effulgence of the early morn
Its beams on its breast was shedding.
That twinkled in pearly brightness;
With a varied song of lightness.
A lily, in mantle of purest snow,
Hung over the silent fountain,
Like the drift on the windy mountain :