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The Flowers Personified


Section 4

 

FRAGMENTS TAKEN AT RANDOM FROM THE ALBUM OF THE ROSE

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 Christianity did homage to the rose: but the flower of Venus now became the mystic rose – the lily’s sister – and did penance for her sins.

           Then young maidens in the processions scattered roses before the cross.

          The altars in country churches were dressed with roses.

           The same hand which gave its benediction to the city and to the world, was annually stretched over the roses, on the day called Rose Sunday.

           The standard which Charlemagne received from the Pope was studded with roses.

           Angels even came from heaven, to offer roses to a saint; witness the history of Saint Dorothea.

           Rose-garlands hung from St. Cecilia’s harp.

           God changed to roses the accusing bread, which was to have conducted the Duchess of Bavaria to her end.

           During this period, unfortunate women of my class could only imitate the example of Magdalen. I found refuge in a cave, where I lived for many years on prayers and roots.

 (Twenty-one leaves wanting here.)