Flower Poetry Fridays: Wild Flowers Gathered for a Sick Friend

Welcome back to Flower Poetry Fridays with Mrs. Sigourney. Each Friday a new poem will be posted from her The Voice Of Flowers.


Wildflower Bouquet
Wildflower Bouquet

RISE from the dells where ye first were born,
From the tangled beds of the weed and thorn ;
Rise, for the dews of the morn are bright,
And haste away with your eyes of light.
The greenhouse princes, with gathering frown,
On your simple garbs may look haughtily down,
Yet shrink not—His finger your heads hath
Who heeds the lowly, and humbles the proud.
The tardy spring, and the frosty sky,
Have meted your robes with a miser’s eye,
And checked the blush of your blossoms free ;
With a gentler friend your home shall be,
To a kinder ear you may tell your tale
Of the zephyr’s kiss, and the scented gale.
Ye are charmed ! ye are charmed ! and your
fragrant sigh
Is health to the bosom on which ye die.

In this short poem Mrs. Sigourney is talking to the wildflowers and letting them know they’ll appreciate where she’s taking them.

Plucking them from the thorny and wild places to take them to a sick friend is akin to saving the wildflowers from their plight amongst the weeds never to be seen.

Once the wildflowers are safe in her bouquet they can release their charming and uplifting scents to refresh the air and renew her sick friend.

Let’s keep it short and sweet and do nice things for each other.

Come back next Friday for the next installment in our series of flower poems from Mrs. Sigourney’s The Voice of Flowers, “Gossip with a Spring Bouquet”.

2 thoughts on “Flower Poetry Fridays: Wild Flowers Gathered for a Sick Friend”

  1. Hello – you may be interested in this Lydia Sigourney program at the Hagaman Library, East Haven – please contact me- Thanks! Fawn

    CONTACT: Fawn Gillespie, Hagaman Memorial Library 203-468-3890 fgillespie@hagamanlibrary.org

    East Haven, Connecticut-

    Poetry of the Earth- Poet Lydia Huntley Sigourney, (1791-1865) termed flowers, the poetry of the earth and wrote a volume of poetry, Voice of the Flowers. Take a Victorian journey and be introduced to this local poet’s words by organic farmer, floral designer and owner of Trout Lily Farm, Mr. Michael Russo. Mr. Russo will conduct a PowerPoint presentation featuring his Language of Flowers books and Victorian Valentines, highlighting Mrs. Sigourney’s flower themed poetry. May 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hagaman Memorial Library 227 Main Street, East Haven, Connecticut.

    This program is made possible by a grant from Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives. For further information, please contact Fawn Gillespie at 203-468-3890.

  2. Thank you so much, Fawn. How exciting to hear about this program that celebrates our favorite flower poet, Mrs. Sigourney! If we didn’t have prior arrangements for that day, we’d make the event.

    Thanks again for letting us know all about it. 🙂

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