I made a little song about the rose
And sang it for the rose to hear,
Nor ever marked until the music’s close
A lily that was listening near.
The red red rose flushed redder with delight,
And like a queen her head she raised.
The white white lily blanched a paler white,
For anger that she was not praised.
Turning I left the rose unto her pride,
The lily to her enviousness,
And soon upon the grassy ground espied
A daisy all companionless.
Doubtless no flattered flower is this, I deemed;
And not so graciously it grew
As rose or lily: but methought it seemed
More thankful for the sun and dew.
Dear love, my sweet small flower that grew’st among
The grass, from all the flowers apart,–
Forgive me that I gave the rose my song,
Ere thou, the daisy, hadst my heart!