Sunday, 27 April 2014

"X" is for Xanthoceras, a Kiss and more

Xanthoceras is a small tree native to Northern China, 

and the beautiful Xeranthemum originates from Southern Europe. The flower symbolises eternity and immortality.

The Xanthorrhoea is a slow growing perennial from Australia which can be stimulated to flower by a bush fire.

We have an Xray; Xanthic acid; the name Xavier which derives from Francis Xavier, the Catholic Saint; Xanthippe who was Socrates' wife; Xanthus, Achilles' horse and the "X" which, as in the abbreviated Xmas, denotes Christ.

"X" is also the well known symbol for a kiss. 

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), an English Romantic poet, has been admired by many including Thomas Hardy, William Yeats and Oscar Wilde. He married Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, and wrote about the importance of a Kiss in his poem, "Love's Philosophy":

"The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle-
Why not I with thine?

See the mountain's kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother:

And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?"

I'll be posting "Y" here tomorrow to continue the A-Z Challenge. Thank you for visiting the Hope and Dreams Blog.