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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
Overnight, a Rose
Caroline Giltinan
THAT overnight a rose could come
  I one time did believe,
For when the fairies live with one,
  They wilfully deceive.
But now I know this perfect thing        5
  Under the frozen sod
In cold and storm grew patiently
  Obedient to God.
My wonder grows, since knowledge came
  Old fancies to dismiss;        10
And courage comes. Was not the rose
  A winter doing this?
Nor did it know, the weary while,
  What color and perfume
With this completed loveliness        15
  Lay in that earthly tomb.
So maybe I, who cannot see
  What God wills not to show,
May, some day, bear a rose for Him
  It took my life to grow.        20


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