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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: I. About Children
Our Wee White Rose
Gerald Massey (1828–1907)
ALL in our marriage garden
  Grew, smiling up to God,
A bonnier flower than ever
  Suckt the green warmth of the sod;
O, beautiful unfathomably        5
  Its little life unfurled;
And crown of all things was our wee
  White Rose of all the world.
From out a balmy bosom
  Our bud of beauty grew;        10
It fed on smiles for sunshine,
  On tears for daintier dew:
Aye nestling warm and tenderly,
  Our leaves of love were curled
So close and close about our wee        15
  White Rose of all the world.
With mystical faint fragrance
  Our house of life she filled;
Revealed each hour some fairy tower
  Where wingèd hopes might build!        20
We saw—though none like us might see—
  Such precious promise pearled
Upon the petals of our wee
  White Rose of all the world.
But evermore the halo        25
  Of angel-light increased,
Like the mystery of moonlight
  That folds some fairy feast.
Snow-white, snow-soft, snow-silently
  Our darling bud upcurled,        30
And dropt i’ the grave—God’s lap—our wee
  White Rose of all the world.
Our Rose was but in blossom,
  Our life was but in spring,
When down the solemn midnight        35
  We heard the spirits sing,
“Another bud of infancy
  With holy dews impearled!”
And in their hands they bore our wee
  White Rose of all the world.        40
You scarce could think so small a thing
  Could leave a loss so large;
Her little light such shadow fling
  From dawn to sunset’s marge.
In other springs our life may be        45
  In bannered bloom unfurled,
But never, never match our wee
  White Rose of all the world.

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