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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Sunflower (Helianthus)
 
Ah, Sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime,
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!
        William Blake—The Sunflower.
  1
Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun’s revolving splendour.
        Calderon—Magico Prodigioso. Sc. 3. Shelley’s trans.
  2
Restless sunflower; cease to move.
        Calderon—Magico Prodigioso. Sc. 3. Shelley’s trans.
  3
The Sunflow’r, thinking ’twas for him foul shame
To nap by daylight, strove t’ excuse the blame;
It was not sleep that made him nod, he said,
But too great weight and largeness of his head.
        Cowley—Of Plants. Bk. IV. Of Flowers. The Poppy. L. 102.
  4
With zealous step he climbs the upland lawn,
And bows in homage to the rising dawn;
Imbibes with eagle eye the golden ray,
And watches, as it moves, the orb of day.
        Erasmus Darwin—Loves of the Plants. Canto I. L. 225.
  5
Space for the sunflower, bright with yellow glow,
  To court the sky.
        Caroline Gilman—To the Ursulines.
  6
Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
  And on the sun’s noon-glory gaze;
With eye like his, thy lids expand,
  And fringe their disk with golden rays:
Though fix’d on earth, in darkness rooted there,
Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
  Thy prospect heaven.
        Montgomery—The Sunflower.
  7
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets,
The same look which she turn’d when he rose.
        Moore—Believe Me, if all Those Endearing Young Charms.
  8
But one, the lofty follower of the Sun,
Sad when he sets, shuts up her yellow leaves
Drooping all night; and, when he warm returns,
Points her enamoured bosom to his ray.
        Thomson—The Seasons. Summer. L. 216.
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