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Poem by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

The Dial of Flowers

This dial was, I believe, formed by Linnæus, and marked the hours by the opening and closing, at regular intervals, of the flowers arranged in it.

T WAS a lovely thought to mark the hours,
  As they floated in light away,
By the opening and the folding flowers,
  That laugh to the summers day.

Thus had each moment its own rich hue,
  And its graceful cup and bell,
In whose colored vase might sleep the dew,
  Like a pearl in an ocean shell.

To such sweet signs might the time have flowed
  In a golden current on,
Ere from the garden, mans first abode,
  The glorious guests were gone.

So might the days have been brightly told
  Those days of song and dreams
When shepherds gathered their flocks of old
  By the blue Arcadian streams.

So in those isles of delight, that rest
  Far off in a breezeless main,
Which many a bark, with a weary quest,
  Has sought, but still in vain.

Yet is not life, in its real flight,
  Marked thuseven thuson earth,
By the closing of one hopes delight,
  And anothers gentle birth?

O, let us live, so that flower by flower,
  Shutting in turn, may leave
A lingerer still for the sunset hour,
  A charm for the shaded eve.

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

Felicia Dorothea Hemans's other poems:
  1. Druid Chorus on the Landing of the Romans
  2. Taliesins Prophecy
  3. The River Clwyd, in North Wales
  4. Our Ladys Well
  5. Eryri Wen

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