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“Shall the bright daughter of the Sun

“ Associate with the shrubs of earth? “ Ye slaves, your sovereign's presence shun!

“Respect her beauties and her birth.

“And thou, dull, sullen ever-green!

“Shalt thou my shining sphere invade? My noon-day beauties beam unseen,

"Obscured beneath thy dusky shade!"

“Deluded flower!" the Myrtle cries,

“Shall we thy moment's bloom adore? “ The meanest shrub that you despise,

“ The meanest flower has merit more.

“That daisy in its simple bloom,

“Shall last along the changing year; Blush on the snow of winter's gloom, “ And bid the smiling spring appear.

“The violet, that, those banks beneath,

“Hides from thy scorn its modest head, * Shall fill the air with fragrant breath,

“When thou art in thy dusty bed,

“Even I, who boast no golden shade,

* Am of no shining tints possess'd, “When low thy lucid form is laid,

“Shall bloom on many a lovely breast.

“And he, whose kind and fostering care

“ To thee, to me, our beings gave, “Shall near his breast my flowrets wear,

“And walk regardless o'er thy grave.

“ Deluded flower, the friendly screen

“That hides thee from the noon-tide ray, “And mocks thy passion to be seen,

“Prolongs thy transitory day.

“But kindly deeds with scorn repaid,

No more by virtue need be done: “I now withdraw my dusky shade,

“And yield thee to thy darling sun."

Fierce on the flower the scorching beam

With all its weight of glory fell; The flower exulting caught the gleam,

And lent its leaves a bolder swell.

Expanded by the searching fire,

The curling leaves the breast disclose; The mantling bloom was painted higher,

And every latent charm exposed.

But when the sun was sliding low,

And evening came, with dews so cold; The wanton beauty ceased to blow,

And sought her bending leaves to fold.

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Comé, let us leave this painted plain;

This waste of flowers that palls the eye: The walks of Nature's wilder reign

Shall please in plainer majesty.

This is a species of the Orchis, which is found in the barren and mountainous parts of Lincolnshire, Worcestershire, Kent and

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