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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Lilies
 
        The lily of the vale, of flowers the queen,
Puts on the robe she neither sew’d not spun.
Michael Bruce.    
  1
        The lily is all in white, like a saint,
And so is no mate for me.
Hood.    
  2
        “Look to the lilies how they grow!”
  ’Twas thus the Saviour said, that we,
Even in the simplest flowers that blow,
  God’s ever-watchful care might see.
Moir.    
  3
        And the stately lilies stand
  Fair in the silvery light,
Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer;
Their pure breath sanctifies the air,
As its fragrance fills the night.
Julia C. R. Dorr.    
  4
        And lilies white, prepared to touch
The whitest thought, nor soil it much,
Of dreamer turned to lover.
E. B. Browning.    
  5
        We are lilies fair,
  The flower of virgin light;
Nature held us forth, and said,
  “Lo! my thoughts of white.”
Leigh Hunt.    
  6
        I wish I were the lily’s leaf
  To fade upon that bosom warm,
Content to wither, pale and brief,
  The trophy of thy paler form.
Dionysius.    
  7
        Yet, the great ocean hath no tone of power
Mightier to reach the soul, in thought’s hushed hour,
Than yours, ye lilies! chosen thus and graced!
Mrs. Hemans.    
  8
 
 
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