Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The Lily in the language of flowers
The Lily's height and beauty speak command. The Jews imitated its form in the decorations of their first magnificent temple; Christ described it as more splendid than King Solomon in his most gorgeous apparel. According to ancient mythology there was originally but one species of Lily and that was orange colored and the white was produced by the following circumstance: Jupiter, wishing to render Hercules immortal, prevailed on Juno to take a deep draught of nectar which threw the queen into a profound sleep. Jupiter then placed the infant Hercules at her breast so that the divine milk might ensure immortality. Hercules drew the milk faster than he could swallow it and some drops fell to the earth from which immediately sprang the White Lily. (From "The Floral Offering: a Token of Affection and Esteem; Comprising the Language and Poetry of Flowers" by Henrietta Dumont.