Lavender has a long literary past. With a fine fragrance, medicinal and culinary value, and a history of favor at court, lavender waxes poetic in these memorable quotes and passages:
Lavender and Culpeper
(The Complete Herbal, 1652)
Being an inhabitant almost in every garden, it is so well known, that it needs no description.
Lavender and John Gerard
The floures of Lavender picked from the knaps, I meane the blew part and not the husk, mixed with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves, made into powder, and given to drinke in the distilled water thereof, doth helpe the panting and passion of the heart, previaleth against giddinesse, turning or swimming of the brain, and members subject to the palsie.
French Lavander hath a body like Lavander, short and of woodie substance, but slenderer, beset with long narrow leaves, of a whitish colour, lesser than those of Lavender, it hath in the top bushe or spikie heads, well compact or thrust together, out the which grow forth small purple flowers or a pleasant smell. The seede is small and blackish: The roote is harde and woodie.
Lavender and Alice Hoffman
(Practical Magic )
There's a few things I've learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.
Lavender and Shakespeare
(Winter's Tale, iv. 4)
Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;
And with him rises weeping; these are flow'rs
Of middle summer, and I think they are given
To men of middle age.
Lavender and Clement Robinson
(Handefull of Pleasant Delites, 1584)
Lavender is for lovers true, Which evermore be faine; Desiring always for to have Some pleasure for their paine: And when that they obtained have The love that they require, Then have they all their perfect joie, And quenched is the fire.
Lavender and Turner
|Field of Lavender|
Lavender and Tennyson
(Ode to Memory, 1830)
Opening upon level plots Of crowned lilies standing near Purple spiked lavender. Lavender and Yardley Soap Ad The soap that’s kept women in hot water for 200 years—and they’ve loved every minute.
Lavender and Alice Walker
(In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, 1983)
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
Lavender and Cervantes
(Don Quixote, 1804)
. . .but to go round the world and play at give and take with giants and dragons and monsters, and hear hissings and roarings and bellowings and howlings, and even all of this would be lavender, if we had not to reckon with Yanguesans and enchanted Moors.
Lavender and O'Keeffe
(A Beggar on Horseback, 1798)
My dear, have some lavender, or you'd best have a thimble full of wine, your spirits are quite down, my sweeting.
Lavender and Joanne Baillie
(The Election, 1798)
Oh, they are such savages! I'm sure if I had not put lavender on my pocket handkerchief, like Mama, I should have fainted away.
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