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It is the flower Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote, "And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their golden eyes."
Whoever has seen the watery Avon meadows in April, yellow and twinkling with marsh marigolds when "the lark at heaven's gate sings," appreciates why the commentators incline to identify Shakespeare's Mary-buds with the _Caltha_ of these and our own marshes.
I suppose the meadows, with their "winking Mary-buds," will be all cut up into building lots in the good times coming, and Philomel caught and put in a cage to sing to tourists at threepence a head.
986: And winking Mary-buds begin to ope their Golden eyes