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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Time Flies.
III. “Where Shall I Find a White Rose Blowing?”
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
March 5

WHERE shall I find a white rose blowing?—
  Out in the garden where all sweets be.—
But out in my garden the snow was snowing
  And never a white rose opened for me.
Nought but snow and a wind were blowing        5
And snowing.
Where shall I find a blush rose blushing?—
  On the garden wall or the garden bed.—
But out in my garden the rain was rushing
  And never a blush rose raised its head.        10
Nothing glowing, flushing or blushing;
Rain rushing.
Where shall I find a red rose budding?—
  Out in the garden where all things grow.—
But out in my garden a flood was flooding        15
  And never a red rose began to blow.
Out in a flooding what should be budding?
All flooding!
Now is winter and now is sorrow,
  No roses but only thorns to-day:        20
Thorns will put on roses to-morrow,
  Winter and sorrow scudding away.
No more winter and no more sorrow

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