|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Compass-plant (Silphium laciniatum)|
|Look at this vigorous plant that lifts its head from the meadow,|
See how its leaves are turned to the north, as true as the magnet;
This is the compass-flower, that the finger of God has planted
Here in the houseless wild, to direct the travellers journey.
Over the sea-like, pathless, limitless waste of the desert,
Such in the soul of man is faith.
LongfellowEvangeline. Pt. II. St. 4. L. 140.