by Charles MacKay

National Meadows Day took place over the weekend in the UK - and it is an annual celebration of the wildflower meadows of England. In tribute, here's a little poem about the Meadow Sweet by Charles MacKay:

ROSE! we love thee for thy splendor,

Lily! for thy queenly grace!

Violet! for thy lowly merit,

Peeping from thy shady place!

But mine airy, woodland fairy,

Scattering odors at thy feet,

No one knows thy modest beauty,

No one loves thee, Meadow-Sweet!

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