And they stood in a beech-wood that had just put on its first green, where the woodroof* at their feet sent forth its fragrance, and the pale-red anemony
looked so pretty among the verdure.
My very dear Sister, The grey goose quill, under your guidance, produces more interesting & pleasing things than ye richest plumage of ye feathered race by all ye art of that great artist Elizabeth Tull; so I will first thank you for your letter, & then for ye beautiful Canary bird, whose feathers since yesterday morning have been metamorphosed into ye leaves of an Anemony
& it would be difficult to say whether they looked better in their former animal or present vegetable appearance.
Oft thou hast given them store Of flowers--the frail-leaf'd, white anemony
, Dark bluebells drench'd with dews of summer eves, And purple orchises with spotted leaves-But none hath words she can report of thee.