|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)|
|Nor myrtlewhich means chiefly love: and love|
Is something awful which one dare not touch
So early o mornings.
E. B. BrowningAurora Leigh. Bk. II.
|The myrtle (ensign of supreme command,|
Consigned by Venus to Melissas hand)
Not less capricious than a reigning fair,
Oft favors, oft rejects a lovers prayer;
In myrtle shades oft sings the happy swain,
In myrtle shades despairing ghosts complain.
Samuel JohnsonWritten at the Request of a Gentleman. L. 3.
|Dark-green and gemmd with flowers of snow,|
With close uncrowded branches spread
Not proudly high, nor meanly low,
A graceful myrtle reard its head.
|While the myrtle, now idly entwind with his crown,|
Like the wreath of Harmodius, shall cover his sword.
MooreO, Blame Not The Bard.