This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...for many years, called "A
Wi'eath of Friendship," written in part by the late Rev. Professor
Henslow, when a young man, are some pretty lines on the Misletoe. I
cannot help quoting them here: --"Past is the time, when bending
low, Druids revered thee, misletoe; Error's broad shades are chased
away By Revelation's brilliant ray, And superstition can no more
Bid us a humble plant adore. ELDER. 69 Yet who in hour of Christmas
mirth, Can place thee o'er the social hearth, VVith ivy and with
holly gay, Or twine thee with the fragrant bay, Nor lift with joy
his heart above, Nor hymn the notes of praise and love Fair plant,
a mystery thy birth, Thou dost not fix thy home on earth; Rock'd by
the winds, fed by the shower, Thy cradle is an airy bower; No voice
of crime in thy leafy dome, But the songs of birds to cheer thine
home. From the wilding crab this branch was rive-n, From waving in
the breath of heaven. Alas alas they have brought it low, To the
dwellings of care, and pain, and woe." ELDER. (Fig. 44.) SAME UCUS
NIGRA. THE Common or BLACK ELDER, is a small tree or large bush,
belonging to the family Caprifoliaceee. It is known by possessing a
five-cleft calyx, a five-cleft rotate corolla, five stamens, and
three stigmas, a roundish pulpy one-celled berry, hardly crowned by
the remains of the calyx. The stem is irregularly but always
oppositely branched, the young branches are clothed with a smooth
grey bark, and filled with a light spongy pith; the leaflets are
deep-green and smooth, usually with an odd one. The flowers are in
bunches of a cream-colour, with a sweetish but faint smell. The
berries are black, with reddish stalks. Considerable medicinal
value was at one time attributed to this plant, but...
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