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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Magnolia
 
        Majestic flower! How purely beautiful
  Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green,
Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full,
  Thou standest like a high-born forest queen
Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,—
  I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding,
And look into thy depths, to image there
  A fairy cavern, and while thus beholding,
And while thy breeze floats o’er thee, matchless flower,
  I breathe the perfume, delicate and strong,
That comes like incense from thy petal-bower;
  My fancy roams those southern woods along,
Beneath that glorious tree, where deep among
  The unsunned leaves thy large white flower-cups hung!
C. P. Cranch.    
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