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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Go, Lovely Rose
By Edmund Waller (1606–1687)
 
GO, lovely rose!
  Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,
  When I resemble her to thee,
  How sweet and fair she seems to be.        5
 
Tell her that’s young,
  And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
  In deserts where no men abide,
  Thou must have uncommended died.        10
 
Small is the worth
  Of beauty from the light retired:
Bid her come forth,
  Suffer herself to be desired,
  And not blush so to be admired.        15
 
Then die! that she
  The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee,—
  How small a part of time they share
  That are so wondrous sweet and fair.        20
 
 
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