THE HORTICULTURAL WIFE
 
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She's my Myrtle, my Geranium
My Sunflower, my Sweet Margorum
My Honeysuckle, my Tulip, my Violet
My Hollyhock, my Dahlia, my Mignonette.
Oh, oh, she's a fickle Wild Rose, a Damask,
A Cabbage and China Rose.

Chorus: Ho! ho! she’s a fickle wild rose,
A damask, a cabbage, a china rose.
Ho! ho! she’s a fickle wild rose,
A damask, a cabbage, that everybody knows.


She's my Snowdrop, my Ramunculus
My Hiacinth, my Gilliflower, my Polyanthus
My Heartsease, my Pink, my Water Lily
My Buttercup, my Daisy, my Daffydown Dilly.

We've grown up together like young Apple trees
And clung to each other like double Sweet Peas
Now they're going to trim her and plant her in a pot
And I am left to whither, neglected and forgot.

I'm like a Scarlet Runner that has lost it's stick
Or a Cherry that's left for the Dicky-birds to pick
Like a watering pot I weep, likea Pavior I sigh
Like a Mushroom I'll whither, like a Cucumber I'll die.

I'm like a Bumble-bee that doesn't know where to settle
And she's a Danelion and a Stinging nettle
My heart's like a Beetroot choked with Chickweed
And my head's like a Pumpkin running to seed.

Chorus: Ho! ho! she’s a fickle wild rose,
A damask, a cabbage, a china rose.
Ho! ho! she’s a fickle wild rose,
A damask, a cabbage, that everybody knows.


I've a great mind to make myself a Felo de se
And finish all my woes on a branch of a tree
But I won't, for I know at my kicking you'd roar
And honour my death with a double encore.
Oh, Oh, who would suppose
That I suffer so much for a fickle Wild Rose.
 
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Written, it seems, by a celebrated English gardener after dissapointment in love.
Music Composed by the Hutchinson Family (USA) 1850
 
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