A White Rose

Original Text: 
James Jeffrey Roche, Life of John Boyle O'Reilly ... Together with his Complete Poems and Speeches, edited by Mrs. John Boyle O'Reilly (New York: Cassell, 1891): 492. PS 2493 R6 Robarts Library
1The red rose whispers of passion,
2     And the white rose breathes of love;
3Oh, the red rose is a falcon,
4     And the white rose is a dove.
5But I send you a cream-white rosebud,
6     With a flush on its petal tips;
7For the love that is purest and sweetest
8     Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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