“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember;
and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts…
There’s fennel for you, and columbines;
there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference.
There’s a daisy.
I would give you some violets, but they wither’d all when my father died. They say he made a good end,— [Sings.]
“For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Ophelia)
I always recall the monk who gave the herbs to Romeo and Juliet. He mentioned foxglove for the heart, which is still used: digitalis.
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