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Monday, August 15, 2016

Flower - Rose of Sharon

by Rabindranath Tagore

Pluck this little flower
and take it, delay not!
I fear lest it droop
and drop into the dust.

I may not find a place in thy garland,
but honour it with a touch of
pain from thy hand and pluck it.
I fear lest the day end before I am aware,
and the time of offering go by.

Though its colour be not deep
and its smell be faint,
use this flower
in thy service
and pluck it while there is time.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus) is a common name that has been applied to several different species of flowering plants that are valued in different parts of the world. It is also a biblical expression. 

The name "Rose of Sharon" first appears in English in 1611 in the King James Version of the Bible. ~ Wikipedia. Shrub AltheaAlso known as the Korean Rose, it is the national flower of South Korea and also called shrub althea.

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ William Shakespeare.