Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FLOWERS, by THOMAS HOOD

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First Line: I will not have the mad cytie
Last Line: For fairest of all is she.
Subject(s): Flowers; Plants; Roses; Planting; Planters

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,
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,
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,
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;
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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