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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
Holly (Ilex)
Green, slender, leaf-clad holly-boughs
Were twisted gracefu’ round her brows,
I took her for some Scottish Muse,
        By that same token,
An’ come to stop those reckless vows,
        Would soon be broken.
        BurnsThe Vision. Duan I. St. 9.
Those hollies of themselves a shape
  As of an arbor took.
        Coleridge—The Three Graves. Pt. IV. St. 24.
All green was vanished save of pine and yew,
That still displayed their melancholy hue;
Save the green holly with its berries red,
And the green moss that o’er the gravel spread.
        Crabbe—Tales of the Hall.
And as, when all the summer trees are seen
        So bright and green,
The Holly leaves a sober hue display
        Less bright than they,
But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?
        Southey—The Holly-Tree.
O Reader! hast thou ever stood to see
        The Holly-tree?
The eye that contemplates it well perceives
        Its glossy leaves
Ordered by an Intelligence so wise
As might confound the Atheist’s sophistries.
        Southey—The Holly-Tree. St. 1.

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