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Flower of Lily -. In Hebrew it is called shoshan. The Israelites regarded the lily as the choicest among flowers. In ancient Hebrew poetry, the lily was always a favorite simile as a symbol of purity. King Solomon referred to the lily of the valleys, shoshanat haa'maqim, in his Song of Songs 2:1. Lilies were included in the First Temple: "The capitals at the tops of the pillars in the [Temple] vestibule were shaped like lilies and were four cubits high," declares 1 Kings 7:19.