Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


No flower embalm’d the air but one white rose,
Which on the tenth of June by instinct blows.
Churchill.—Prophecy of Famine, Line 207.

You languish like a drooping flower,
Crush’d by the weight of some relentless shower.
Garth.—The Dispensary, Canto VI. Line 266.

Like a white poppy sinking on the plain,
Whose heavy head is overcharged with rain.
Dryden’s Virgil.—Æneid, Book IX. Line 436.

But now with head declined,
Like a fair flower surcharged with dew, she weeps.
Milton.—Samson Agonistes. (Dalila enters.)

The rose had been wash’d, just wash’d in a shower,
Which Mary to Anna convey’d,
The plentiful moisture encumber’d the flower,
And weigh’d down its beautiful head.
Cowper.—The Rose, Verse 1.

The rose is fairest when ’tis budding new,
And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears;
The rose is sweetest wash’d with morning dew,
And love is loveliest when embalm’d in tears.
Scott.—Lady of the Lake, Canto IV. Verse 1.