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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Firefly
 
Before, beside us, and above
The firefly lights his lamp of love.
        Bishop Heber—Tour Through Ceylon.
  1
Is it where the flow’r of the orange blows,
And the fireflies dance thro’ the myrtle boughs?
        Mrs. Hemans—The Better Land.
  2
And the fireflies, Wah-wah-taysee,
Waved their torches to mislead him.
        Longfellow—Hiawatha.
  3
The fireflies o’er the meadow
  In pulses come and go.
        Lowell—Midnight. St. 3.
  4
Tiny Salmoneus of the air
  His mimic bolts the firefly threw.
        Lowell—The Lesson.
  5
Now, motionless and dark, eluded search
Self-shrouded: and anon, starring the sky,
Rose like a shower of fire.
        Southey—Madoc. Pt. II. (Confounds the firefly with the lantern-fly.)
  6
Many a night I saw the Pleiads rising thro’ the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.
        Tennyson—Locksley Hall. 9.
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