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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A White Rose

By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)

THE RED rose whispers of passion,

And the white rose breathes of love;

Oh, 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.