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Hawthorn flower

"Up to the topmost branches climbs the rose,

And mingles with the fading flowers of May;

While round the briar the honeysuckle wreaths

Entwine, and with their sweet perfume embalm

The dying rose. A never failing blow,

From spring to fall, expands; the sloethorn white,

As if a flaky shower the leafless sprays

Had hung; the hawthorn, May's fair diadem."

 

James Grahame, quoted in the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1834-45 vol.1; Borthwick, County of Edinburgh

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Taken on May 13, 2011