A second shot at Bob Hope brings a reply!
Dear Mr Kennedy,
Mr Hope has asked me to respond to your letter and your question about lilies and their association with death.
We usually do not have the staff or time to deal with questions requiring research however, you are in luck! Your question go me going and with a call to a Los Angeles Public Library, I received the enclosed fax. If you wish further information on the subject, I suggest you contact your local library.
Thank you for thinking of Mr Hope; he is happy to know your son enjoyed THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE.
Susan Terry, Secretary.
The fax said that the lily was a symbol of innocence in the living and also signified the removal of sin from the shriven soul at funerals. It still doesn't explain its no-use by Shakespeare.
It still doesn't explain its no-use by Shakespeare.