Easter Flowers, Illustrated Victorian Poem for Easter Time

What happens to the floral decorations after the celebrations are over? Why not draw inspiration after this charming children’s poem and take them to a senior center or hospital where they may provide much needed cheer. You may also find the floral symbolism in Easter Flowers to be of interest, and may also refer to this article for more information about flower meanings.

This Easter poem was published in Harper’s Young People, March 27, 1888. Illustrated with the original cover illustration, “Easter Flowers”, drawn by Jessie Shepherd that you can use as clip art.

Easter Flowers Lilies Victorian Illustration

Girl whispers to the Easter lilies in this Victorian illustration for the poem "Easter Flowers". Click on the image for a larger version that you may use as free Easter clip art.

Easter Flowers

By Mary B. Waterman

“We are going to church,” smiled the lily;
“We are going to church,” smiled the rose;
“Then I certainly think,” said the pert little pink,
“We should wear our prettiest clothes.

“So, heliotrope, put on your lilac;
And, crocus, your bright yellow vest;
Sweet violets, you must wear bonnets of blue,
While the rose shall in crimson be dressed.

“Our lily shall don her white satin,
And in white, too, the calla be seen,
While the hyacinth fair shall wear pink in her hair,
And the smilax have ribbons of green.”

The passion-flower tremblingly whispered,
With eyes looking tearful and sad,
“For me there’s no room: I speak only of gloom;
In garments of grief I am clad.”

Then the bright Easter lily looked upward,
While her smile the whole garden illumed.
“Oh, dear little sister, there ne’er had been Easter
If passion-flowers never had bloomed.”

The church bells were joyfully ringing
When out of the garden they passed,
And down through the porch and into the church,
Till they came to the altar at last.

They climbed over archway and pillar,
They nestled in baskets of moss;
The rose found a place in a beautiful vase,
And the passion-flower clung to a cross.

And they swayed to the breeze of the organ,
That sent its great throb through the air;
When “Laudamus” was sung all their censers they swung,
And they nodded “Amen” to each prayer.

They smiled in response to the children,
So like them in innocent grace.
When the sermon was reached and the minister preached,
They all looked him straight in the face.

“Oh my people,” he said, speaking softly,
Looking down on the listening throng,
“On this day of all days it is meet we give praise,
With offerings of flowers and glad song.

“But desolate homes are around us,
Where dwell the distressed and forlorn,
Their carol a strain full of discord and pain,
Their lily of Easter a thorn.

“Go forth, O beloved, and find them,
Your hearts with pure love all aglow;
E’en the lowliest flower that fades in an hour
The Lord’s resurrection may show.”

The great congregation departed;
The flowers looked around in surprise.
“And must we stay here?” said the rose, while a tear
bedimmed yellow daffodil’s eyes.

“I think we’ve a message to carry,”
Was the heliotrope’s gentle reply.
“But how can we know to what places to go?”
Said the gay little pink, with a sigh.

A flutter, a rustle, a whisper,
A step light and fleet as a fawn,
And, behold! standing close by the royal red rose
Was a child with a face like the dawn.

The flowers are first cousins to children,
The angels to both are akin,
And without spoken word all the bright blossoms heard
Where the dear little maiden had been.

She told them a wonderful secret.
They blushed with exquisite delight;
With tremulous haste down the long aisle they passed,
Until they were lost to the sight.

The heliotrope found a dark cellar,
A home of grim want and despair;
The white pink was led to a hospital bed,
And a rose climbed a rickety stair.

The daffodil followed a beggar;
By its side the hyacinth pressed;
The violets crept where a dear baby slept,
And laid themselves down on its breast.

The passion-flower caught on its purple
The tears which an erring one shed;
In a dark, shrouded room Easter lilies bloom
Waved their banner of hope o’er the dead.

A dream of the fancy you call it?
Some dreams have a touch that’s divine;
And a child’s simple act may turn fancy to fact
In fulfilling his vision of mine.

Vintage Easter Postcard Two Lucky Chicks Toast to Spring, Easter Holiday

Two lucky chicks lift up their glasses to toast the Spring season and Easter holiday in this daring Victorian Easter postcard that you can use as free clip art.

An Easter Toast Vintage Easter Postcard Clipart

A Toast to Easter: Vintage Easter Postcard. Click the image to download a larger image that you can use as free Easter clip art.

Or, perhaps they are notorious drunks, trying to get a rush by gnawing on lucky four-leaf clovers? We may never know, so let’s just assume it’s just an innocent holiday scene and not the workings of my tired, fevered imagination.

Spring Sing-a-Long in an Egg with Bird and Squirrel

A pretty Spring time scene that you can use as free Easter clip art.

Spring Egg Ephemera Clip Art Trade Card

Click on the image for larger version of this springtime Victorian trade-card that you can use as free Easter clip art.

The three ladies inside the egg could be nurses, I’m not sure. If anyone is familiar with this type of outfit, please do leave a comment and enlighten us. That this image is European in nature is apparent by the species of squirrel, so it could be ethnic garb our trio is sporting. I just don’t know.

This is an old Victorian era trade card that would have been distributed to customers (or potential customers) as a collectible way to advertise a business or service. Scrapbooking was a popular occupation then as it is now, and a colorful Easter card such as this one would have been added to some happy collectors scrapbook.

What my scan probably failed to capture is the lovely gold printing on the inside of the egg. It’s a beautiful example of 19th century printing.


Dog Health Diet and Exercise Advice from a Victorian Era Magazine

Note: This article on dog health appeared in the May 4th, 1895 issue of Home Chat, “A Weekly Magazine for the Home” published in London. The advice given is provided for historic purposes; for example, feeding dogs bones depends on the breed, and this article does not differentiate between large and small dogs although it does mention that cutlet bones should not be fed. This article is provided for historic and general informational purposes and as an example of Victorian era dog health advice, although I think we can agree that overfeeding a dog is still not a very wise thing to do.

Victorian lady walking her poodle

Original illustration of a Victorian lady walking her toy poodle that accompanied this article on The Dog in the May 4th, 1895 issue of Home Chat magazine. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version that can be used as free dog clip art.

The Dog

Daily exercise is most essential to the health and good condition of our four-legged friends.  Without sufficient exercise a dog’s digestion is soon impaired, and many complications are liable to arise therefrom. It is not absolutely necessary to take the animal for a long walk, because when a dog is given his or her liberty, and is accompanied by its owner for a short stroll, it in its gambols backwards and forward, covers, in all probability, many more times the actual distance that we ourselves have walked. Thus, by the animal’s attendant only having gone, say, a mile, the dog itself has perhaps journeyed some five or six. Any how, whether taken for a regular constitutional or not, always allow your dog to have at least half an hour’s daily exercise at full liberty.

It is a commonly accepted theory that a dog’s digestion takes twenty-four hours, and it will undoubtedly be found—especially if the animal is more or less closely confined—that provided a thorough good meal is given to him in the afternoon of one day, he will often refuse to eat anything the following morning.

We much prefer, however, giving two meals a day— in the early morning and again in the evening, say at six o’clock. In the morning ground oats and middlings (“sharps”), half and half, mixed with boiling milk and water, is excellent, to which may also with advantage be added some soaked and broken dog-biscuits.

In the evening give dog-biscuits unsoaked, and if the animal can manage to break them himself they are best given whole, but many small dogs require the biscuits to be broken up for them. At this meal a few scraps of meat and bones may also be added to the bill-of-fare, but never feed a dog principally upon meat.

The effect of a meat diet exclusively is to cause mange, eczema, and other diseases, and even if only what may be termed a rather liberal amount of meat is given in the case of a house dog, the breath of the animal will become very offensive. Nevertheless, bones should always be given once or twice a week. By the gnawing of bones the dog is enabled to clean its teeth; besides, the consumption of a certain quantity of bones is most beneficial to its health.

Small bones, especially cutlet bones, should not be employed, as these are sometimes liable to choke the animal. Large bones, with just sufficient meat on to tempt him to devour them, are the best, and if too large for him to eventually consume, they should be broken up with a hammer.

Dogs are not often wilfully ill-treated, for with the advance of civilisation, real, downright cruelty to dumb creatures is fast disappearing from amongst us. But unfortunately many (especially ladies) are apt to go to the other extreme, and by their mistaken kindness to inflict a large amount of suffering on those very creatures that they would do almost anything for, could they thereby prevent them from feeling pain.

A dog should never be fed more than twice a day. To be continually giving tit-bits to him, or even, as some do, place a number of appetising and tempting dishes in front of him repeatedly during the day, is a sure way, in the long run, to not only cause the dog to suffer considerably from indigestion, apoplexy, and the like, but also to materially shorten its existence.

We once asked a vet, who was in the habit of receiving a number of dogs that were in ill-health to cure, what was the most frequent complaint from which his patients suffered. His reply was “Simply overfeeding.”

Vintage Cat Art Sketch to Color In from an Antique Coloring Book

A cat illustration for you to color in, from the pages of an antique coloring book!

Free printable coloring page of a cat from an antique coloring book.

Free Printable Coloring Page, Vintage Portrait of a Cat.

This free download is another page from the antique Children’s coloring book called The New Model Painting Book for Young People.  The book has many other animal illustrations for you to color or paint, and the simplicity of line makes images, such as our cat above, a great learning tool for artists of all ages to learn from.

Suggestions For Your Free Cat Coloring Page

Our pensive kitty is both noble and mysterious. Is he gazing out of a window at a tempting bird or squirrel? Are his eyes green or amber? What is this cat’s name? Draw a little mouse tail sticking out of his mouth and you have a stunning portrait of a champion mouser. Place the finished picture where mice congregate to scare them into submission.