That men by reason will it calle may The daisie or elles the eye of day The emperice, and floure of floures alle.
'What tydynges at Camelot?'seyde that on knyght.'By my hede, there have I been and aspied the courte of kynge Arthure, and there ys such a felyshyp that they may never be brokyn, and well-nyghe all the world holdith with Arthure, for there ys the floure of chevalry.'
That well by reason men it call may The daisie, or els the eye of the day, The emprise, and floure of floures all.Geoffrey Chaucer
There is an herb named in Latine Convolvulus ( i. e. with wind), growing among shrubs and bushes, which carrieth a flower not unlike to this Lilly, save that it yeeldeth no smell nor hath those chives within; for whitenesse they resemble one another very much, as if Nature in making this floure were a learning and trying her skill how to frame the Lilly indeed.pliny the elder