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A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden

Walter Crane

Book Overview: 

A pretty and clever poem from a naturalist.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .OLOURED
DESIGNS
BY
WALTER CRANE

LONDON: AT THE
HOUSE OF HARPER
AND BROTHERS:
1899

THE OLD ENGLISH GARDEN A FLORAL PHANTASY

In an old world garden dreaming,
Where the flowers had human names,
Methought, in fantastic seeming,
They disported as squires and dames.

Of old in Rosamond's Bower,
With it's peacock hedges of yew,
One could never find the flower
Unless one was given the clue;
So take the key of the wicket,
Who would follow my fancy free,
By formal knot and clipt thicket,
And smooth greensward so fair to see

And while Time his scythe is whetting,
Ere the dew from the grass has gone,

The Four Seasons' flight forgetting,
As they dance round the dial stone;

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Community Reviews

A beautiful book for the budding young naturalist (if one was from the Edwardian times)! Walter Crane is now another of my illustrator-faves!

I love it. So clever, fun, and really quite pretty!

...He Said...
First in venus looking glass
You may see where
Love lies bleeding

Queen of the Meads
is Meadowsweet
In the realm of grasses wide

Puisi, peri-peri, dan bebungaan cantik. Deskripsi unik untuk beragam bunga di kebun bunga ala Inggris kuno, direpresentasikan oleh peri-peri yang anggun. Seperti be

Excellent Start

Lovely prose but his line drawings are what make the book and this edition doesn't have them. Still good for the text.

A charming book beautifully illustrated. Reminds me of the type of books of poetry and rhymes my grandmother always had around.

I have been neglecting my poetry picks the last few months so I thought today would be a good day to get back into the rhythm of the rhyme. I started easy with Walter Crane's charming little book A Floral Fantasy In An Old English Garden.

I don't know about anyone else, but I think a garden is a love