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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
Cowslip (Primula)
Smiled like yon knot of cowslips on a cliff.
        Blair—The Grave. L. 520.
Yet soon fair Spring shall give another scene.
And yellow cowslips gild the level green.
        Anne E. Bleecker—Return to Tamhanick.
And wild-scatter’d cowslips bedeck the green dale.
        BurnsThe Chevalier’s Lament.
Ilk cowslip cup shall kep a tear.
        BurnsElegy on Capt. Matthew Henderson.
The nesh yonge coweslip bendethe wyth the dewe.
        Thomas Chatterton—Rowley Poems. Ælla.
The cowslip is a country wench.
    The first wan cowslip, wet
With tears of the first morn.
        Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)—Ode to a Starling.
Through tall cowslips nodding near you,
Just to touch you as you pass.
        Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)—Song.
Thus I set my printless feet
O’er the cowslip’s velvet head,
That bends not as I tread.
        MiltonComus. Song.
The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth
The freckled cowslip, burnet and green clover.
        Henry V. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 48.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see:
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours.
        Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 10.
And ye talk together still,
In the language wherewith Spring
Letters cowslips on the hill.
        Tennyson—Adeline. St. 5.
And by the meadow-trenches blow the faint sweet cuckoo-flowers.
        Tennyson—The May Queen. St. 8.

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