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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
732. A White Rose
 
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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