12 December 2009

lily of the valley







Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
In the fragrant vernal days
Is the Lily of the Valley
With its soft, retiring ways.

Well, you chose this humble blossom
As the nurse’s emblem flower,
Who grows more like her ideal
Every day and every hour.

Like the Lily of the Valley
In her honesty and worth,
Ah, she blooms in truth and virtue
In the quiet nooks of earth.

Tho’ she stands erect in honor
When the heart of mankind bleeds,
Still she hides her own deserving
In the beauty of her deeds.

In the silence of the darkness
Where no eye may see and know,
There her footsteps shod with mercy,
And fleet kindness come and go.

Not amid the sounds of plaudits,
Nor before the garish day,
Does she shed her soul’s sweet perfume,
Does she take her gentle way.

But alike her ideal flower,
With its honey-laden breath,
Still her heart blooms forth its beauty
In the valley shades of death.

Lily of The Valley by Paul Laurence Dunbar

xxxxx

6 comments:

NorthWestLondonGirlInTheCountry said...

Just beautiful, so glad I have found your blog ...x

Ashley said...

Beautiful pictures, just lovely!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Those photos are gorgeous! Love hte hippie chic look though I don't think it would look good on me...I've got too many curves and for some reason I think it fits Twiggy style ladies:( Love to check out the looks though and hopefully use some of them for my own:) x LZ

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Geez, Lily Donaldson always looks so sexy. I really like the Gucci ads.

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