And A. E. Houseman (1859-1936) said, "…and like a skylit water stood, the bluebells in the azured wood."
In Scotland a harebell is often known as the Scottish bluebell and is very widespread. These sweet little flowers are beloved by butterflies and bees. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) wrote a poem called "Hope is like a Harebell." Here it is:
“Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth
Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth...
Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth
But the rose with all its thorns excels them both.”
And here are two verses about the sweet fragrance of lilacs. The first by Anna Stephens (1813-1886) and the second by Robert Burns (1759-1796).
"I am thinking of the lilac trees,
that shook their purple blooms,
and when the sash was open,
shed fragrance through the rooms."
"O were my love yon lilac fair,
With purple blossoms in the spring,
And I a bird to shelter there
When wearied on my little wing."
And, finally, the words of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865): "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
This is Moya Andrews, and today we focused on musings about flowers.