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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
A White Rose
By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)
 
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        5
  With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
  Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
 
 
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