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  • My Dear John Quill:

    Glorious news ! Ring the Blue Bells ! Sound the Trumpet Flowers ! Sweet William and Polly Anthus were married yesterday afternoon at Four o'Clock. And oh ! such a host as came to the wedding. Old Leander and Mother Wort borrowed Venus' Car, and set out together, but as they were passing through Dogwood they upset, and the Colt's-foot being lamed they tried to borrow Sorrel of the Wood family. Not succeeding in this, they Came-a-mile on foot, and looked very much wilted when they arrived. Dan DeLion made his appearance with sweet Lady Mary, and soon after came Creeping Jenny clinging to a Ragged Sailor. Old Mistletoe, complaining as usual of his corns, was kindly assisted by Bouncing Betty, who makes herself at home everywhere. And little Jessie Mine with Running Rose, these inseparable companions, came hand in hand, followed by Robin Runaway, who was too bashful to speak to them. Then there was a whole troop of Old Maid Pinks and Bachelor's Buttons, and who, to say the least, looked very blooming, considering their age. And last of all, with very modest looks, came Johnny Jumpup, and his little blue eyed sister, Violet.

    Old Monks' Head performed the ceremony ; and afterwards we had a great supper. There were Sweet Peas and Sugar Leaves and honey dew in King's-Cups set all around the table, and great dishes of Pollen where every one could eat to his heart's content. Dan DeLion, who is very fond of Pollen, ate so fast that he got more on his face than he got in his mouth, and when he was judged to kiss Lady Mary as a forfeit, he got it all on her new green dress. She very indignantly turned to Johnny Jumpup, who, it is well known, is the Lady's Delight, and said, " Jump up and kiss me," which he did with the greatest pleasure, although he is in no wise unfaithful to Viola Tricolor, whom he considers the same as himself.


    Volume XXX, March 1905

    January 28, 2009