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I will not have the mad Clytie

Language: English

I will not have the mad Clytie,	
Whose head is turn'd by the sun;	
The tulip is a courtly quean,	
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 every one.	
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 rosemarye,	
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 tipp'd with a blush,	
She is of such low degree;
Jasmine is sweet, and has many loves,	
And the broom's betroth'd to the bee;	
But I will plight with the dainty rose,	
For fairest of all is she.

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-10.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
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