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The Flowers Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 583

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To our private taste, there is always something a little exotic,

almost artificial, in songs which, under an English aspect and dress,

are yet so manifestly the product of other skies.They affect us

like translations; the very fauna and flora are alien, remote;

the dog's-tooth violet is but an ill substitute for the rathe primrose,

nor can we ever believe that the wood-robin sings as sweetly in April

as the English thrush. -- THE ATHEN]AEUM.







Buy my English posies!

Kent and Surrey may --

Violets of the Undercliff

Wet with Channel spray;

Cowslips from a Devon combe --

Midland furze afire --

Buy my English posies

And I'll sell your heart's desire!



Buy my English posies!

You that scorn the May,

Won't you greet a friend from home

Half the world away?

Green against the draggled drift,

Faint and frail and first --

Buy my Northern blood-root

And I'll know where you were nursed:

Robin down the logging-road whistles, "Come to me!"

Spring has found the maple-grove, the sap is running free;

All the winds of Canada call the ploughing-rain.

Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your love again!



Buy my English posies!

Here's to match your need --

Buy a tuft of royal heath,

Buy a bunch of weed

White as sand of Muysenberg

Spun before the gale --

Buy my heath and lilies

And I'll tell you whence you hail!

Under hot Constantia broad the vineyards lie --

Throned and thorned the aching berg props the speckless sky --

Slow below the Wynberg firs trails the tilted wain --

Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your love again!



Buy my English posies!

You that will not turn --

Buy my hot-wood clematis,

Buy a frond o' fern

Gathered where the Erskine leaps

Down the road to Lorne --

Buy my Christmas creeper

And I'll say where you were born!

West away from Melbourne dust holidays begin --

They that mock at Paradise woo at Cora Lynn --

Through the great South Otway gums sings the great South Main --

Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your love again!



Buy my English posies!

Here's your choice unsold!

Buy a blood-red myrtle-bloom,

Buy the kowhai's gold

Flung for gift on Taupo's face,

Sign that spring is come --

Buy my clinging myrtle

And I'll give you back your home!

Broom behind the windy town; pollen o' the pine --

Bell-bird in the leafy deep where the ~ratas~ twine --

Fern above the saddle-bow, flax upon the plain --

Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your love again!



Buy my English posies!

Ye that have your own

Buy them for a brother's sake

Overseas, alone.

Weed ye trample underfoot

Floods his heart abrim --

Bird ye never heeded,

Oh, she calls his dead to him!

Far and far our homes are set round the Seven Seas;

Woe for us if we forget, we that hold by these!

Unto each his mother-beach, bloom and bird and land --

Masters of the Seven Seas, oh, love and understand.










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