Jim Wilson wrote:
>For wheresoe'er thou art in this world's globe,
>I'll have an Iris that shall find thee out.
> --King Henry VI, Act 3, Scene 2
>His crest that prouder than blue iris bends.
> --Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3
>The many-colour'd iris, rounds thine eye?
> --All's Well That Ends Well, Act1, Scene 3
And also in The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1, there is a character
called "iris" along with the wood nymphs and a character called
"Juno" --- heavily classical :-))
But Iris actually has some lines that bear inclusion in this little
synopsis of the Bard & irises:
from The Tempest:
IRIS - ....Where thou thyself dost air;--the queen o' the sky,
Whose watery arch and messenger am I,
Bids thee leave these, and with her sovereign grace,
Here on this grass-plot, in this very place,
To come and sport: her peacocks fly amain:
Approach, rich Ceres, her to entertain.
CERES - (speaking to Iris) Hail, many-colour'd messenger....
.....Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers,
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres and my unshrubb'd down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth; why hath thy queen
Summon'd me hither, to this short-grass'd green?
(There is more from Iris but she is a many colour'd messenger with
a blue bow and is called a queen :-))
Warning - this is a fantasy play and is one of Shakespeare's weirdest,