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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
The First Rose of Summer
Oliver Herford (1863–1935)
 
“OH dear! is Summer over?”
  I heard a rosebud moan,
When first her eyes she opened,
  And found she was alone.
 
“Oh, why did Summer leave me,        5
  Little me, belated?
Where are the other roses?
  I think they might have waited.”
 
Soon the little rosebud
  Saw to her surprise        10
Other rosebuds opening,
  So she dried her eyes.
 
Then I heard her laughing
  Gaily in the sun,
“I thought Summer was over:        15
  Why, it ’s just begun!”
 
 
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