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Don Lewis, Massachusetts Audubon Society,
Fox Island Wildlife Management Area

The Ancient Occidental Art of Lily Gilding — 19 July 2002

I think that I shall never see
A lily gilded quite like thee.

A pad that may in summer wear
A painted turtle in its care;

Upon whose bosom turtles lay
To bask in sunlight all the day.

Verses are coined by fools like us,
While turtles gild the lily’s truss.