Selected American and British Poems


The Violet

by Ann and Jane Taylor
Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1883
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Source: Taylor, A. & Taylor, J. (1883). Little Ann and Other Poems. New York: George Routledge & Sons.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 2.7
  • Word Count: 108
  • Genre: Poetry
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Down in a green and shady bed
   A modest violet grew,
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
   As if to hide from view.

And yet it was a lovely flower,
   Its color bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower
   Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom,
   In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused a sweet perfume
   Within the silent shade.—

Then let me to the valley go
   This pretty flower to see,
That I may also learn to grow
   In sweet humility.