THE STATE FLOWER
Chapter 219, Laws of 1903. That on and after the passage of this
act the state floral emblem of South Dakota shall be the Pasque Flower
(Anemone patens), with the accompanying motto: "I Lead."

While wasting snowdrifts, lingering, enshroud,
 You, smiling, cheer the chill, despondent field;
Unerringly to prophesy the proud
 And gorgeous beauties that the summers yield.

So, South Dakota, be it thine to lead;
 Thy smile to light affliction's dreary time,
While o'er the drifts you scatter wisdom's seed,
 And harvest glory in the season's prime.




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Copyright ©Virginia A. Cisewski, 2000