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To the Dandelion by Lovell-SimonsJanet To the Dandelion by Lovell-SimonsJanet
Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the way,
Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold!
First pledge of blithesome May,
Which children pluck, and, full of pride, uphold--
High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they
An Eldorado in the grass have found,
Which not the rich earth's ample round
May match in wealth! -- thou art more dear to me
Than all the prouder summer-blooms may be.

Gold such as thine ne'er drew the Spanish prow
Through the primeval hush of Indian seas'
Nor wrinkled the lean brow
Of age, to rob the lover's heart of ease.
'Tis the Spring's largess, which she scatters now
To rich and poor alike, with lavish hand'
Though most hearts never understand
To take it at God's value, but pass by
The offered wealth with unrewarded eye.

Thou art my tropics and mine Italy'
To look at thee unlocks a warmer clime;
The eyes thou givest me
Are in the heart, and heed not space or time:
Not in mid June the golden -cuirassed bee
Feels a more summer-like, warm ravishment
In the white lily's breezy tent,
His conquered Sybaris, than I, when first
From the dark green thy yellow circles burst.

Then think I of deep shadows on the grass;
Of meadows where in sun the cattle graze,
Where, as the breezes pass,
The gleaming rushes lean a thousand ways;
Of leaves that slumber in a cloudy mass,
Or whiten in the wind' of waters blue,
That from the distance sparkle through
Some woodland gap; and of a sky above,
Where one white cloud like a stray lamb doth move.

My childhood's earliest thoughts are linked with
thee;
The sight of thee calls back the robin's song,
Who, from the dark old tree
Beside the door, sang clearly all day long;
And I, secure in childish piety,
Listened as if I heard an angel sing
With news from heaven, which he did bring
Fresh every day to my untainted ears,
When birds and flowers and I were happy peers.

How like a prodigal doth nature seem,
When though, for all thy gold, so common art!
Thous teachest me to deem
More sacredly of every human heart,
Since each reflect in joy its scanty gleam
Of heaven, and could some wondrous secret show,
Did we but pay the love we owe,
And with a child's undoubting wisdom look
On all these living pages of God's book.

- James Russel Lowell -
(1819-1891)


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Violet4Nova Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Awesome! May I transfer this brilliance within a FB event collective advertising group ? as a supporty of Dandelion Festival ( By the Baltic Sea,Estonia) May 18
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Lovell-SimonsJanet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, indeed :nod: . It would be a honour to be included. Thank you! :handshake: Also, I absolutely love the idea of a Dandelion Festival. Good for you all by the Baltic Sea. I hope it is a grand successful festival! :wave: Thank you again, for the inclusion and your fabulous comment on this work. (If you need a higher resolution for any reason, let me know. I would be glad to forward it to you.)
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Violet4Nova Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Lovely, Thanks!
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flyRavenfly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
love the energy:)
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Lovell-SimonsJanet Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :heart:, Dandelions do have their own humble, yet enchanting charm, I think.
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Annieta-Kr Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured in my journal: [link]
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PickMeAsYourStar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
It's great!
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sandranataly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
u had been feature here [link]
:love:
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SaphoPhotographics Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Photographer
your inspirational work has been featured [link] :heart:
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feniksas4 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist
Very cool photo:)I like it;)
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