Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OVERNIGHT, A ROSE, by CAROLINE GILTINAN

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OVERNIGHT, A ROSE, by                    
First Line: That overnight a rose could come
Last Line: It took my life to grow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harlow, Leo P., Mrs.
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses; Time; Worship

That overnight a rose could come
I one time did believe,
For when the fairies live with one,
They willfully deceive.
But now I know this perfect thing
Under the frozen sod
In cold and storm grew patiently
Obedient to God.
My wonder grows, since knowledge came
Old fancies to dismiss;
And courage comes. Was not the rose
A winter doing this?
Nor did it know, the weary while,
What color and perfume
With this completed loveliness
Lay in that earthly tomb.
So maybe I, who cannot see
What God wills not to show,
May, some day, bear a rose for Him
It took my life to grow.

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