Sunday Poem: John Boyle O’Reilly – A White Rose

John Boyle O’Reilly. 1844–1890
  
A White Rose
  
THE red rose whispers of passion,
  And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
  And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud          5
  With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
  Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
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