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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Thistle (Cnicus)
 
Up wi’ the flowers o’ Scotland,
  The emblems o’ the free,
Their guardians for a thousand years,
  Their guardians still we’ll be.
A foe had better brave the de’il
  Within his reeky cell,
Than our thistle’s purple bonnet,
  Or bonny heather bell.
        Hood—The Flowers of Scotland.
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When on the breath of Autumn’s breeze,
  From pastures dry and brown,
Goes floating, like an idle thought,
  The fair, white thistle-down;
O, then what joy to walk at will,
Upon the golden harvest-hill!
        Mary Howitt—Corn-Fields.
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