A Celebration of Women Writers

"The Violet." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: Taylor, Jane & Taylor, Ann. Little Ann and Other Poems. London, New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1883. p. 16.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


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 colour bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
  Instead of hiding there.

Yet thus 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.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom