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Jed Jackson , Sex Life of Flowers - or Goethe, Byron and Madame de Stael in Elysium, 1986; oil on canvas, 32 7/8 x 40 1/8 inches; Gift of Scott Goldman and Nancy Brock, 2010

Jed Jackson , Sex Life of Flowers - or Goethe, Byron and Madame de Stael in Elysium, 1986; oil on canvas, 32 7/8 x 40 1/8 inches; Gift of Scott Goldman and Nancy Brock, 2010

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German, 1749–1832)

The bed of flowers
Loosens amain
The beauteous snowdrops
Droop o’er the plain
The crocus opens
Its glowing bud
Like emerald others,
Others, like blood.
With saucy gesture
Primroses flare,
And roguish violets,
Hidden with care;
And whatsoever
There stirs and strives,
The Spring’s contented,
If work and Thrives.