Les Roses de Sâdi

Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Andrew Lang, ed. Mrs. Lang, 4 vols. (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1923): III, 203. British Library 011645.ee.47
2They were thrust in the band that my bodice encloses;
3But the breast-knots were broken, the roses went free.
4The breast-knots were broken; the roses together
5Floated forth on the wings of the wind and the weather,
6And they drifted afar down the streams of the sea.
7And the sea was as red as when sunset uncloses;
8But my raiment is sweet from the scent of the roses,
9Thou shalt know, love, how fragrant a memory can be.


1] Sâdi: Persian poet (1184-1291), well-known for his Gulistan or "Garden of Roses." Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001