"Can't we take a ramble up Lovers' Lane before you go in?" asked Gilbert as they crossed the bridge over the Lake of Shining Waters, in which the moon lay like a great, drowned blossom
For the last time the wild cherry-tree bloomed,--wonderful blossom
, glittering with tears, and gloriously radiant with stormy lights of wild passion and wilder hopes.
Not merely was there a delight in the flower's perfume, or pleasure in its beautiful form, and the delicacy or brightness of its hue; but Clifford's enjoyment was accompanied with a perception of life, character, and individuality, that made him love these blossoms
of the garden, as if they were endowed with sentiment and intelligence.
She has sent messengers to his court with costly gifts; but all have returned sick for want of sunlight, weary and sad; we have watched over them, heedless of sun or shower, but still his dark spirits do their work, and we are left to weep over our blighted blossoms
. Thus have we striven, and in vain; and this night our Queen holds council for the last time.
There was one of the home group whom I was not to see again: the young brother who died in the blossom
of his years before I returned from my far and strange sojourn.
A huge cherry-tree grew outside, so close that its boughs tapped against the house, and it was so thick-set with blossoms
that hardly a leaf was to be seen.
There are so many bird-cherries round me, great trees with branches sweeping the grass, and they are so wreathed just now with white blossoms
and tenderest green that the garden looks like a wedding.
But a bird sang blithely on a budding bough, close by, the snowdrops blossomed
freshly at the window, and the spring sunshine streamed in like a benediction over the placid face upon the pillow, a face so full of painless peace that those who loved it best smiled through their tears, and thanked God that Beth was well at last.
The standards to be roses; juniper; holly; berberries (but here and there, because of the smell of their blossoms
); red currants; gooseberries; rosemary; bays; sweetbriar; and such like.
And on the top-most spray of the Rose-tree there blossomed
a marvellous rose, petal following petal, as song followed song.
There we sat and stripped the faded leaves and stems from our spoil, making up the blossoms
into bouquets to fill our baskets with sweetness.
On the trail that thou must tread To the thresholds of our dread, Where the Flower blossoms
red; Through the nights when thou shalt lie Prisoned from our Mother-sky, Hearing us, thy loves, go by; In the dawns when thou shalt wake To the toil thou canst not break, Heartsick for the Jungle's sake: Wood and Water, Wind and Tree, Wisdom, Strength, and Courtesy, Jungle-Favour go with thee!