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‘ When a young man gives one to his mistress, he gives her to understand, by the general color of the flower, that he is on fire with her beauty; and by the black base of it, that his heart is burnt to a coal.’
‘ Curved as the form of the new moon, her color is well apportioned, clean, well-proportioned; almond in shape, needle-like, ornamented with pleasant rays, her inner leaves as a well, as they should be, her outer leaves a little open, as they should be, the white ornamented leaves are absolutely perfect. She is the chosen of the chosen.’