"It is summer," says a fairy, "Bring me tissue light and airy; Bring me colors of the rarest, Search the rainbow for the fairest-- Sea-shell pink and sunny yellow, Kingly crimson, deep and mellow, Faint red in Aurora beaming, And the white in pure pearls gleaming;
"Bring me diamonds, shining brightly Where the morning dew lies lightly; Bring me gold dust, by divining Where the humming-bird is mining; Bring me sweets as rich as may be From the kisses of a baby;-- With an art no fay discloses I am going to make some roses."
—Mrs. M.F. Butts St. Nicholas, July, 1880, p. 736.
"What flower did she most resemble?… A rose! Certainly… strong, vigorous, self-asserting… yet shapely, perfect in outline and development, exquisite, enchanting in its never fully realized tints, yet compelling the admiration of every one, and recalling its admirers again and again by the unspoken appeal of its own perfection—its unvarying radiance." —John Habberton, 1876. All hail the Queen of Flowers! In this collection of Victorian writings on roses, brief prose remarks, lovely poetry and engaging short stories are gathered together —all with nature's most perfect blossom as their central theme. From poetry on the fragrant beauty of roses, to tales ranging from a ghost story about roses as omens to a romance of love among the roses, this collection will delight anyone who dreams of being surrounded by roses. A perfect gift for weddings, birthdays… or your own sunny afternoon! Compiled and edited by Sarah A. Chrisman, author of the Tales of Chetzemoka series and others.