Lily

  • (noun): Any liliaceous plant of the genus Lilium having showy pendulous flowers.

Famous quotes containing the word lily:

    I am haunted by numberless islands, many a Danaan shore,
    Where Time would surely forget us, and Sorrow come near us no more;
    Soon far from the rose and the lily and fret of the flames would we be,
    Were we only white birds, my beloved, buoyed out on the foam of the sea!
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Happy ye leaves! whenas those lily hands,
    Which hold my life in their dead-doing might,
    Shall handle you, and hold in love’s soft bands,
    Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)

    It is not growing like a tree
    In bulk, doth make man better be,
    Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
    To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
    A lily of a day
    Is fairer far in May
    Although it fall and die that night;
    It was the plant and flower of light.
    In small proportions we just beauties see,
    And in short measures life may perfect be.
    Ben Jonson (1572–1637)