Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan .
All the well-born young ladies in the village are in love with two aesthetic young poets one 'fleshy' the other 'idealistic'. However, the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry.
The girls' military suitors don't see the point in aesthetics, but they decide to give it a try to win the women's hearts. It is touch and go for a while, but everyone ends up with a suitable partner, even if it is only a tulip or a lily.