>Seems to me that some of the Shakespeare quotes (if not most of them) seem
>to refer to the iris of the eye, not to the flower.....
>Best wishes, Bill
Perhaps - but to this English teacher, flowers are more likely
to be written about by Shakespeare...and besides, beauty is in the
`eye' of the beholder...goes for language, too. :-))
Clearly though, Longfellow *was* writing about the flower that