Ann Taylor

Here you will find the Poem The Gaudy Flower of poet Ann Taylor

The Gaudy Flower

WHY does my Anna toss her head,
And look so scornfully around,
As if she scarcely deign'd to tread
Upon the daisy-dappled ground? 

Does fancied beauty fire thine eye, 
The brilliant tint, the satin skin? 
Does the loved glass, in passing by, 
Reflect a graceful form and thin? 

Alas! that form, and brilliant fire, 
Will never win beholder's love; 
It may, indeed, make fools admire, 
But ne'er the wise and good can move. 

So grows the tulip, gay and bold,
The broadest sunshine its delight; 
Like rubies, or like burnish'd gold, 
It shows its petals, glossy bright.

But who the gaudy floweret crops, 
As if to court a sweet perfume! 
Admired it blows, neglected drops, 
And sinks unheeded to its doom. 

The virtues of the heart may move
Affections of a genial kind; 
While beauty fails to stir our love, 
And wins the eye, but not the mind.