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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Les Roses de Sâdi
By Andrew Lang (1844–1912)
 
From ‘Ban and Arrière Ban’

THIS morning I vowed I would bring thee my roses;
They were thrust in the band that my bodice incloses,
    But the breast-knots were broken, the roses went free.
 
The breast-knots were broken: the roses together
Floated forth on the wings of the wind and the weather,        5
    And they drifted afar down the streams of the sea.
 
And the sea was as red as when sunset uncloses;
But my raiment is sweet from the scent of the roses,—
    Thou shalt know, love, how fragrant a memory can be.
 
 
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