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

Annius Florus: Roses

By Roman Poets of the Later Empire

Translation of Harriet Waters Preston

ONCE more the genius of the laughing spring

Doth roses bring.

A spear-like point amid the under green

Is one day seen,

The next a swelling bud, the next we greet

The rose complete;

Whose race, before another set of sun,

Will all be run.

Gather then, quickly, ere this glory’s o’er,

Or nevermore!