To the great brown house where the flowerets lives,
Came the rain with its tap, tap, tap! -
And whispered: "Violet, Snowdrop, Rose,
Your pretty eyes you must now unclose
From your long, long wintry nap!" -
Said the rain with its tap, tap, tap!
From the doors they peeped with a timid grace,
Just to answer this tap, tap, tap!
Miss Snowdrop curtsied a sweet "Good day!"
Then all came nodding their heads so gay,
And they said: "We've had our nap.
Thank you, rain, for your tap, tap, tap!"
- George Cooper
From First Lessons in Language
Southworth and Goddard 1891