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The virtue of the violet is

faithfulness. Words spoken with

pride, in defense of honor true,

when love is silent, buried, slain.

 

Sweet like birdsong, spring morn’s dew,

the virtue of the violet is

the joy of rustic happiness,

pedaling down the country lane.

 

A catching eye, a straining ear,

a care-placed step in noon-day dark,

the virtue of the violet is

watchfulness, vigilance well-masked.

 

Faith in treachery, joy in ease,

blindness to danger, these burdens

rest on she who will not know what

the virtue of the violet is.