Daisy

" Shut not so soon; the dull-eyed night
Has not as yet begunne
To make a seisure on the light,
Or to scale up the Sun."

Herrick, To Daisies.

The Gaelic poet, Ossian, tells us how daisies were first sown. When Malvina was weeping beside Fingal's tomb for her infant son, the maids of Morven comforted her by telling her they had seen the baby boy showering many beautiful flowers from heaven on to the earth, and amongst them the daisy.

Sir John Hill says, "The daisy has great but neglected virtues worthy of a serious attention. Their taste is that of coltsfoot, but more mucilaginous and without its bitterness. The infusion should be made like coltsfoot, and once boiled. Drink it with an equal quantity of milk. Asses milk has ten times the effect if this be taken with it." Daisy roots are still eaten bythe Italian and Spanish peasants, and formerly the young leaves were an ordinary ingredient in our salads. Many herbalists refer to the curious old belief that if daisy roots are boiled in milk and given to
puppies it will stunt their growth; and there is the old fairy story of the wicked fairy Milkah who fed her royal fosterchild on this food to make him a pigmy. One herbalist says that to put daisy roots under your pillow is to ensure pleasant dreams of those you love most.

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