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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Holly (Ilex)
 
Green, slender, leaf-clad holly-boughs
Were twisted gracefu’ round her brows,
I took her for some Scottish Muse,
        By that same token,
An’ come to stop those reckless vows,
        Would soon be broken.
        BurnsThe Vision. Duan I. St. 9.
  1
Those hollies of themselves a shape
  As of an arbor took.
        Coleridge—The Three Graves. Pt. IV. St. 24.
  2
All green was vanished save of pine and yew,
That still displayed their melancholy hue;
Save the green holly with its berries red,
And the green moss that o’er the gravel spread.
        Crabbe—Tales of the Hall.
  3
And as, when all the summer trees are seen
        So bright and green,
The Holly leaves a sober hue display
        Less bright than they,
But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?
        Southey—The Holly-Tree.
  4
O Reader! hast thou ever stood to see
        The Holly-tree?
The eye that contemplates it well perceives
        Its glossy leaves
Ordered by an Intelligence so wise
As might confound the Atheist’s sophistries.
        Southey—The Holly-Tree. St. 1.
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