BY (REV.) JOSEPH C. BOOTH.
The flowers speak a language unto man;
Hark! Lady's-Slipper, "win me, wear me," says:
Esteem has Garden-Sage in Flora's plan.
Love is set forth by Myrtle and the Rose,
And lamentation by the Aspen tree;
Narcissus egotism doth propose;
Germanda Speedwell shows facility.
Use Yew for sorrow and for gladness Myrrh;
Acknowledgement, the Canterbury-bell;
Give prudence Mountain Ash and rudeness Burr:
Enchanter's Nightshade doth of witchcraft tell.
Ox-eye means patience; Nettle tree, conceit;
Forget-me-not, forget-me-not, how sweet!
French honeysuckle rustic beauty shows;
Linden or Lime tree is conjugal love;
Oats still the witching soul of music knows,
While Weeping-willow mourning doth approve.
Enwind, for happy love, the Bridal-rose;
Rosemary for remembrance; Snowdrop, hope;
Send, send sweet flowers to your friends and foes.
Troy Times. April 17, 1914: 19 col 1.