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Poem by Jane Taylor

The Violet

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 colours 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 its 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.

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor's other poems:
  1. The Squires Pew
  2. On Visiting Cowpers Garden and Summer-house at Olney
  3. The Poppy
  4. Poverty
  5. The Star

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Walter Scott The Violet ("The violet in her greenwood bower") 1797
  • Edmund Gosse The Violet ("BESIDE the dusty road of life")

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