Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
I WILL not have the mad Clytie,
  Whose head is turned by the sun;
The tulip is a courtly quean,
  Whom, therefore, I will shun:
The cowslip is a country wench,        5
  The violet is a nun;—
But I will woo the dainty rose,
  The queen of every one.
The pea is but a wanton witch,
  In too much haste to wed,        10
And clasps her rings on every hand;
  The wolfsbane I should dread;
Nor will I dreary rosemarye,
  That always mourns the dead;
But I will woo the dainty rose,        15
  With her cheeks of tender red.
The lily is all in white, like a saint,
  And so is no mate for me;
And the daisy’s cheek is tipped with a blush
  She is of such low degree;        20
Jasmine is sweet, and has many loves,
  And the broom ’s betrothed to the bee;—
But I will plight with the dainty rose,
  For fairest of all is she.

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