A wild flower alphabet

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A for the Aconite, first of the year
B for the Buttercup, able to hold Dewdrop
and rain in its chalice of gold

C for the Cowslip, sweet joy of the spring
When cowslips are blooming the nightingales sing

D for the Daisy, white star of the grass
Lifting its bright eye to us as we pass

E for the Eglantine, lovely wild rose
Sheds fragrance of sweetbrair where – ever it grows

F for the Foxglove, the sentinel tall
Guarding the forest from summer to fall

G for the Gorse of rich golden delight
Linnaeus went down on his knees at the sight

H for the Harebell, so fragile, yet strong
The dear little Blue Bells of Scotland in song

I for the Iris which grows by the stream
The Flower of the Rainbow, how golden its gleam

J for St John’s Wort, of medical fame
Balm of the Warrior’s Wound was its name

K for the Kingcup that loves marshy fields
And glorious the harvest of gold that it yields

L for the Ling, the dear flower of the heath
How tender its colour, how fragrant its breath

M for the Meadowsweet, pleasant and rare
Is the perfume with which it enchanteth the air

N for the Nightshade, or Bittersweet, flower
With its berries and blossoms of poisonous power

O for the Oxlip, a flower that you’ll find
When cowslips and orchids in posies you bind

P for the Primrose, recalling to sight
Paths in the woodland a- shimmer with light

Q for the Quaking grass, name that it takes
From the way it unceasingly shivers and shakes

R for the Rest-harrow, staying the plough
Food for the gentle-eyed, ruminant cow

S for the Speedwell, tenderest blue
From the skies it has taken its exquisite hue

T for the traveller’s Joy that you’ll find
Where sweet sheltering hedgerows wander and wind

U for the Upright Sea-lavender flower
The sand-swallows claim it for sheltering bower

V for the Violet, flower of the soul
Heart’s-ease of Paradise, making us whole

W for windflower, so fair to the sight
That throws o’er the woodlands her mantle of light

X Forms a cross in the Passion- flower wild
In Southern America, balmy and mild

Y for the Yarrow, all wayfarers know
As it grows by the wayside where ever you go

Z is the ribbon this posy to bind
With the thoughts and the fragrance
it brings to your mind

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