“This Queen of the Garden is so well known that no particular description of it need be given. Yet we must not suppose that the rose-bearing shrubs of our country, beautiful as they are, can vie with the rose-tree of the East, which is sometimes twelve and even fourteen feet high, and has wide-spreading branches laden with thousands of buds and blossoms, in every degree of expansion, filling the air around with fragrance. Neither have we any nightingales to sing all night long among their boughs. But we have blessings enough to increase our gratitude and love to the Father of mercies;
“Who spreads the earth with fragrant flowers,
“And bids the lofty cedars grow.”
Let us be careful to make a right use of the gifts that the providence of God so liberally bestows on us, and not repine that others are in some respects more favored than we are.
The prophet Isaiah, to describe the spread of the glorious Gospel of Christ, uses this beautiful illustration: “The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon.” Is. 35 : 1, 2. Carmel and Sharon were districts of Palestine remarkable for fertility, and the trees and flowers which they produced were doubtless more perfect than elsewhere.
“I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valleys.” Sol. Song, 2 : 1. How beautiful is this emblem of Christ! Who will not give their hearts to a Savior that appears before them in a form so lovely and attractive.”—Mrs. Harriet N. Cook; 1846. † Another view regarding the Rose of Sharon tree.