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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.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


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