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John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890)

A White Rose


              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.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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
First publication date: 1873 - 1878
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/11

Rhyme: abcb


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