Unlike the primrose that Coleridge once gazed upon, these bright, colourful hybrids are most certainly looking forward to Summer and have turned away from Winter’s gales.

To A Primrose by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The first seen in the season

Nitens et roboris expers
Turget et insolida est: et spe delectat.
– Ovid, Metam. [xv.203].

Thy smiles I note, sweet early Flower,
That peeping from thy rustic bower
The festive news to earth dost bring,
A fragrant messenger of Spring.

But, tender blossom, why so pale?
Dost hear stern Winter in the gale?
And didst thou tempt the ungentle sky
To catch one vernal glance and die?

Such the wan lustre Sickness wears
When Health’s first feeble beam appears;
So languid are the smiles that seek
To settle on the care-worn cheek,

When timorous Hope the head uprears,
Still drooping and still moist with tears,
If, through dispersing grief, be seen
Of Bliss the heavenly spark serene.

And sweeter far the early blow,
Fast following after storms of Woe,
Than (Comfort’s riper season come)
Are full-blown joys and Pleasure’s gaudy bloom.

4 comments on “Primrose

    • Gorgeous colours! My neighbour had just bought them and some other bedding plants for one of the beds in our communal gardens but they looked great bunched up together in the box 🙂 The weather has finally started to improve here so the world is looking a lot more colourful!

    • I’ve only been blogging since the beginning of the year. It’s a photography challenge I decided to take on. I’m so pleased to hear you’ve enjoyed it 🙂 I think blogging is as easy or hard as you decide to make it! Creating an image and posting it every day can seem a bit daunting but it can really help photographers broaden their subject selection. Next year I think I’ll keep blogging but maybe just once a week!

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