The White Rose
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
This poem is in the public domain.
John Boyle O'Reilly
John Boyle O’Reilly was born near Drogheda, Ireland, on June 24, 1844.
Date Published: 1886-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/white-rose