Fragrant Quote for February 12th, 2012 from The Rose Fairy by Miss L. A. Beale

No wonder that he loved to listen to the twitter of the birds, and learn such wonderful things. Then the roses told him how they grow; drinking life from the moist earth through their fibrous roots, unfolding in the light and" drawing the green of their leaves and the carmine of their blossoms from the life-giving sun and gentle dews. And often the Spirit of the Rose would come out from her golden castle in the heart of the flower, and, poised upon the edge of a swaying leaf, talk to him of her beautiful life and mission.

"I speak to the heart alone," she would say. "No one sees me, but I am always here in the perfumed halls of my castle; and when children pluck roses for garlands, or for the bosom of their mother, I whisper to their heart, and say, 'Be gentle and sweet, like the rose/ When the bride fastens a rose on her pure breast, I say, 'Be beautiful as the rose, breathe only fragrance and love.' From the brow of death I whisper to the mourner of that land which Death may never enter, and flowers can never fade; and when she kisses me she drinks hope and comfort from the chalice of perfume I hold to her lips."

Then the Rose Spirit would fling out a breath of fragrance from her gossamer robes, and glide into the depths of her honeyed retreat behind the yellow anthers; and the boy would close his eyes and breathe the faint perfume, and wonder if heaven itself could be sweeter. So he lived and talked with nature, and everybody called him a strange child, looking into each other's eyes, and shaking their heads ominously. No one knew of the fairy charm.
Fragrant Quote for February 12th, 2012 from The Rose Fairy by Miss L. A. Beale