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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Daisy
 
  The poet’s darling.
Wordsworth.    
  1
        Thou unassuming commonplace
Of nature.
Wordsworth.    
  2
        That well by reason men it call may
The daisie, or els the eye of the day,
The emprise, and floure of no floures all.
Chaucer.    
  3
        Small service is true service while it lasts:
Of humblest friends, bright creature! scorn not one:
The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.
Wordsworth.    
  4
        Myriads of daisies have shown forth in flower
Near the lark’s nest, and in their natural hour
Have passed away; less happy than the one
That, by the unwilling ploughshare, died to prove
The tender charm of poetry and love.
Wordsworth.    
  5
        Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow’r,
Thou’s met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
            Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my pow’r,
            Thou bonnie gem.
Burns.    
  6
        Of all the floures in the mede,
Than love I most these floures white and rede,
Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
Chaucer.    
  7
 
 
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