Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

Flowers - Poem by Thomas Hood

I will not have the mad Clytie,
Whose head is turned by the sun;
The tulip is a courtly queen,
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 everyone.

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 rosemary
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 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.


Comments about Flowers by Thomas Hood

  • Rookie Kirsten Weldon (4/10/2013 10:43:00 AM)

    I think its a wonderful poem. It is easy for me to understand and it has a lot of beautiful meaning toward it as well. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, January 2, 2015


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