Set Me As A Seal

We had a wonderful visit to Maple Glen Garden this afternoon, the garden was full of colour. And as I wandered along, I found that Solomon’s Seal is flowering at the moment. Here’s one of the photos I took … looking at it made me think of the Royal Wedding sermon – The Power of Love.


Solomon’s Seal

—  at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand

    Click on the photo to enlarge …

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“The Power of Love” — A Sermon by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry for The Marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales & Ms. Meghan Markle Saturday, May 19, 2018.

[The opening reading]

From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible:

Set me as a seal upon your heart,

as a seal upon your arm;

for love is (as) strong as death,

passion fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

a raging flame.

Many waters cannot quench love,

neither can floods drown it (out).

Song of Songs 8:6-7

—  this text of the opening reading was copied from the copy of the sermon found at the Episcopal Church website


Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

6 thoughts on “Set Me As A Seal

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  1. Solomon Seal – one of, if not, the, favourite woodland perennials I have. I’m astounded every year that they not only survive very dry conditions but stay standing tall and keep spreading. How interesting that it has so many varieties, and is native to so many parts of the world!

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  2. I was given some variegated Solomon’s Seal last year just after it flowered. Quite excited to see it next year. We already had some False Solomon’s Seal growing at the edge of the yard.
    I was thinking of a different kind of seal, not being familiar with that bit of the bible. Guess I just gave away my status as an apostate.

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    1. I can imagine the variegated form looking lovely in more shaded areas and brightening them up. I’m intrigued the phrase “the apostate and the believer” has a certain ring to it … couldn’t help playing around with the words in my mind 🙂

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  3. I love to see what’s happening at Maple Glen, especially when things are starting to get a bit bare here. And those are wonderful words about the strength of love. 🙂

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