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I Aitt ;I i THE STUDY OF FLOWERS. I CHAPTER xxiri. I HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera Periclymenum). Class, Pentandria; Order, Monogynia. This universal favourite twining shrub in July decorates the hedges in most parts of England, and is well known for the delicious odour of its blossoms. which are of a yellowish white colour with red streaks. We seldom take a walk at this season without observing this lovely flower running along the tops of the hedges, and delighting our senses with its sweet perfume, which is much stronger after a shower. The common Honeysuckle or Woodbine, seems to be especially cultivated by peasants, being so often seen trained round the entrances to their cottages and about their casements, intermixed with the China Rose, where you See the Honeysuckle twine Round the casement; 'tis a shrine Where the heart doth incense give And the pure affections live, In its wild state it is not confined to the hedge rows, but in the tangled wood it is found clasping 11 the adjoining branches, and even springing from the clifts of rocks, and -It loves to crawl Up the low crag and ruined wall. Milton in his well-known couplet- Through the sweetbriar or the vine Or the twisted Eglantine, Seems to give it the name of "Eglantine," the old name for the Sweetbriar; though in Comus he speaks of it as the "flaunting Honeysuckle." It is commonly called Woodbiue" as Mason beautifully described it- The Woodbine wild, That loves to hang on barren boughs Her wreath of remote flowery perfume. This elegant shrub we sometimes see lovingly entwining the gnarled trunk of an aged oak with its supple and delicate arms, and may exclaim- How rich the prize, how gay the flower, Sweeter than all which bloom in bower, We deemed this woodbine wild We sought it long, and sought in Tain, Now finding it, we felt again The joy which as a child Had filled our breast with glad delight, Had pleased the sense of smell and sight -When flowers wild we found We pluck'd the beauty from its tbrone- The beauty there we'd found alone Of all the country round. It has a light and negligent air, and trained against our cottages- Copious of flowers, the Woodbine pale and wan, But weil compensating her sickly looks With never changing odours, early and late, The Honeysuckle is the emblem of generous and devoted affection such as described by Moore in the following lines:- Oh let me only breathe the air, That blessed air that's breathed by thee And whether on its wings it bear Healing or death, 'tis sweet to me There—drink my tears while yet they fall, Would that my bosom's blood were balm, And well thou know'st I'd shed it all To give thy brow one minute's calm. The pale Perfoliate Honeysuckle (Lonicera Perifolium, the blossoms of which are terminal, and contain six blossoms in each cluster, under which is a leaf perforated by the stem, is found growing in thickets, but not very frequently. J.H.C. I

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