Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of The Christian Florist,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. VIII: Literary Criticism - part 01 (1902), pp. 177-178


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THE CHRISTIAN FLORIST; CONTAINING THE ENGLISH AND BOTANICAL NAMES OF DIFFERENT PLANTS, WITH THEIR PROPERTIES BRIEFLY DELINEATED AND EXPLAINED. ILLUSTRATED BY TEXTS [[OF SCRIPTURE, AND ACCOMPANIED WITH POETICAL EXTRACTS]] FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS. FIRST AMERICAN FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION. PHILADELPHIA: CAREY, LEA. BLANCHARD.

[Southern Literary Messenger, January, 1836.]

THE title, which our readers will perceive is a long one, sufficiently explains the nature and design of this little book. It is very well adapted for a Christmas present, to those especially whose minds are imbued at the same time with a love of flowers — and of him who is a God of flowers, as well as of mightier things. The mechanical execution of the volume is unexceptionable, and the rich colors of the Dahlia show to no little advantage in the frontispiece. The poetical selections are, for the most part, excellently chosen, and the prose commentaries on each article in good taste, and often of great interest. [page 178:]

Speaking of alterations made in the Second London Edition, the Authors of the work say in their Preface “We believe it will be found that most of those suggested have been adopted, with the exception of one, which proposed the rejection of the first piece of Poetry attached to the Sun Flower.” These words excited our curiosity, and turning to page 42, we found six lines from Moore. It seems these had been objected to, not on account of any thing intrinsically belonging to the verses themselves, (what fault indeed could be found there?) but (will it be believed?) on account of the author who wrote them. The Christian Florist deserves the good will of all sensible persons, if for nothing else — for the spirit with which its authors have disregarded a bigotry so despicable.

 


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