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(BELLIS PERENNIS.) Innocence.

Whilst culling the sweet and early flowers, I cannot permit myself to
pass the daisy, that pretty and simple production of nature, so
emblematical of innocence, and which has been immortalized by poets,
ancient and modern.

THE DAISY.

"A nymph demure, of lowly port,
Or sprightly maiden, of Love's court,
In thy simplicity the sport
Of all temptations;
A queen in crown of rubies dressed,
A starveling in a scanty vest,
Are all, as seems to suit thee best,
Thy appellations.

"I see thee glittering from afar,
And then thou art a pretty star;
Not quite so fair as many are
In heaven above thee;
Yet like a star, with glittering crest,
Self-poised, in air thou seem'st to rest--
May peace come never to his nest,
Who shall reprove thee.

"Sweet flower--for by that name at last,
When all my reveries are past,
I call thee, and to that cleave fast,
Sweet silent creature,
That breath'st with me in sun and air;
Do thou, as thou art wont, repair
My heart with gladness, and a share
Of thy meek nature."
WORDSWORTH.

The daisy may be made entirely white, crimson tipped, or crimson all
over the petals: the latter are cut in single white wax, a strip at once
the width of a sheet of wax. After the petals are coloured, the pin is
deeply indented into each, some in fact are made quite round. The flower
grows single and double, so that there is no decided number required;
this must be left to the taste of the copyists; but if they prefer the
double flower, the eye or centre is scarcely visible. On the contrary,
if it is a single flower that is to be imitated, the eye must be
increased. To form the latter, take a sheet of yellow wax, fold it at
the end the eighth of an inch deep, hold it between the thumb and finger
of the left hand, and with the point of the curling pin indent the edge
closely the whole length, and pass round the end of the middle wire,
letting it rise a little in the centre. The petals are then attached
very closely, and as many as form the double or single flower, whichever
may be preferred. The calyx is green, and placed on similarly to the
petals.

"Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flower
* * * * thou bonnie gem."
BURNS.





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