C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Restless sunflower; cease to move.


And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.


  • Sunflowers by the sides of brooks,
  • Turn’d to the sun.
  • Moore.

  • And here the sunflower of the spring
  • Burns bright in morning’s beam.
  • Ebenezer Elliott.

  • As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets,
  • The same look which she turn’d when he rose.
  • Moore.

  • The lofty follower of the sun,
  • Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves,
  • Drooping all night; and when he warm returns,
  • Points her enamor’d bosom to his ray.
  • Thomson.

  • With zealous step he climbs the upland lawn,
  • And bows in homage to the rising dawn;
  • Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray,
  • And watches, as it moves, the orb of day.
  • Erasmus Darwin.

  • Ah, sunflower, weary of time,
  • Who countest the steps of the sun,
  • Seeking after that sweet golden clime
  • Where the traveller’s journey is done.
  • William Blake.

  • Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
  • And on the sun’s noon-glory gaze;
  • With eye like his, thy lids expand,
  • And fringe their disk with golden rays;
  • Though fixed on earth, in darkness rooted there,
  • Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
  • Thy prospect heaven.
  • James Montgomery.