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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Songs to a Singer, and Other Verses (1906)
I. The Rose of Song
By Rosa Newmarch (1857–1940)
        “Strange rose which blossoms free
On boughs of an enchanted tree
And sings like any bird.”

SHE stands superb; a queen apart
From all the radiant, jewelled throng,
As when a rose unfolds among
The gay parterres her glowing heart,
All lesser flowers, though rare and sweet,        5
Must seem but subjects at her feet.
She sings: each lifted face in turn
Is touched with rapture or with pain,
O voice, wherein life’s triumphs reign,
O voice, wherein life’s passions yearn.        10
My heart salutes her—queen above
All queens, my singing rose of love!

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