中国 [ College English ] 第43 期
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The Wonderful Lotus
There are so many flower and shrubs that people could love and enjoy . In the past , Tao Yuan – Ming singled out the chrysanthemum as his love . Since the Tang Dynasty , the peony has been everybody’s favorite . But the best flower for me is the lotus . How spotless it rises from its muddy floor ! How simple it stands on the clean pool ! it is straight through inside and outside with no intention to branch or spread out . Its figure is so elegant and so clean while its subtle smell goes far and wide . Besides , this flower can only be enjoyed from a distance and is not to be profaned by touching .
To my mind , the chrysanthemum is the flower of retired leisure . The peony , the flower of luxury . While the lotus is the flower of true virtue .
Alas , since Tao Yuan-Ming , few have loved the chrysanthemum ; whereas the peony has been loved by everyone . Who loves the lotus as much as I do ?