violet-crowned love


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  • Almost the only new birds I met with for some time were a handsome ground thrush (Pitta celebensis), and a beautiful violet-crowned dove (Ptilonopus celebensis), both very similar to birds I had recently obtained at Aru, but of distinct species.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Now he can hold his head above other Greeks; now he is no longer a man without a city, no longer a refugee from spear-won land: he is a man who defends what is sacred and holy and who returns the violet-crowned land of the goddess to the children of Athena, a city made great and strong again.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • "O shining, violet-crowned city of song, great Athens, bulwark of Hellas, walls divine!"

    Early European History

  • Each one of them prayed that he might lead her home to be his wedded wife, so greatly were they amazed at the beauty of violet-crowned Cytherea.

    Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Then followed grim-visaged Calvin and "violet-crowned, sweet-smiling Sappho" who danced a Schottische.

    The World I Live In

  • The splendor of the violet-crowned city of Athens is succeeded by the island of Corfu, the cradle of the literary renaissance of Modern Hellenism, which again fades before the vision of Egypt, whence the earliest lights of civilization shone upon the land of the Greeks.

    Life Immovable First Part

  • Low foreheads characterize the antique; but who can fancy 'violet-crowned, immortal Sappho,'


  • Piraeus; how loud the nightingales sang in the plane and poplar groves at home; how the white glory of the Parthenon smiled down on violet-crowned Athens, where their wives and children thronged the temples, in sacrificial rites to insure their safety.

    At the Mercy of Tiberius

  • Alcaeus testifies that the attractions and loveliness of Sappho did not derogate from her moral worth when he calls her "violet-crowned, pure, sweetly smiling Sappho."

    Handbook of Universal Literature From the Best and Latest Authorities

  • Taprobane, come to witness the far-famed beauty of the violet-crowned city, they will stand in mute worship before the Parthenon; and when their wonder finds utterance, they will ask what the Athenians bestowed on an artist so divine.

    Philothea A Grecian Romance


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