The Amateur Botanist

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A primrose by a river's brim
_Primula vulgaris_ was to him,
  And it was nothing more;
A pansy, delicately reared,
_Viola tricolor_ appeared
  In true botanic lore.

That which a pink the layman deems
_Dianthus caryophyllus_ seems
  To any flower-fan; or
A sunflower, in that talk of his,
_Annuus helianthus_ is,
  And it is nothing more.

© Franklin Pierce Adams