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Flowers ! those children of Spring; which breathe in their language the sentiments of the heart, in its ever varying vicissitudes; 0, let them gather round thy pathway, and shed their tragrance there; they will ever cast a refined perception o'er the soul and impart to it their own sweet fresness.
The study of these bright gems of earth, which delight the senses, is not attended to with the same depth of devotion, that marks the students of Oriental lands, for Percival telis us that
They talk in flowers.' Their language most truly is eloquent, though silent; and I doubt not, if the sentiments of flowers were more generally understood, that now we oft should be told
• The wish of “the” heart in flowers.'
The sacred writers teach, in flowers, rich and hallowed lessons; and, in the application of those lessons, we interest the sweetest, tenderest sympathies of the soul.
We present in our little work the language, sentiment, and poetry of flowers; and have endeavored to cull the richest sentiments and select the poetry which breathes FLORA's truest language.
Her followers received, amid ' Autumn's' bounteous days and 'Winter's' chilling blasts, her gifts, and we trust that, in genial Spring, her sweetest, choicest DROPS will be gladly welcomed.
Bay Leaf,.. ....... G. W. Doane,
Mrs. Charles T'in sley, 61