Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tulips


You believe
  In God, for your part?--that He who makes
    Can make good things from ill things, best from worst,
      As men plant tulips upon dunghills when
        They wish them finest.
                      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning





Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well,
  The wild tulip at the end of its tube, blows out its great red bell,
    Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children to pick and sell.
      - Robert Browning






Dutch tulips from their beds
  Flaunted their stately heads.
          ~James Montgomery