Excerpt from A Little Girl's Visit to a Country Garden
You have said a great deal, Madam Carnation, said London Pride, and we think you have made out a good case; but we inust hear all.
I must say a word, my old friends, said a. Very popular ﬂower, a sturdy \vallﬂowcr, in the beauty of a bright old age. If you will have a new Queen, what do you think of an honest, plain ﬂower like me? I was well known and well liked before half these painted strangers had ever been seen in England. Iam nursed by the peasant in his cottage, and by the poor workman in his humble garret. I cheer the prisoner in his cell, and adorn the parterre of the palace. I wave my dark blossoms on the walls of many a grand city in ruins, on the holy mountains of Palestine, and in the bright gardens of heathen Persia. The smoke of the city never ﬂfil'tmls me, and I give my sweets as freely to the poor as to the rich. If you think as I do, you will at once choose me for your Queen.
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