Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ROSE, by GEORGE HERBERT

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THE ROSE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Press me not to take more pleasure
Last Line: For my answer is a rose.
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses

PRESSE me not to take more pleasure
In this world of sugred lies,
And to use a larger measure
Than my strict, yet welcome size.

First, there is no pleasure here:
Colour'd griefs indeed there are,
Blushing woes, that look as cleare
As if they could beautie spare.

Or, if such deceits there be,
Such delights I meant to say;
There are no such things to me,
Who have pass'd my right away.

But I will not much oppose
Unto what you now advise:
Onely take this gentle rose,
And therein my answer lies.

What is fairer then a rose?
What is sweeter? yet it purgeth.
Purgings enmitie disclose,
Enmitie forbearance urgeth.

If then all that wordlings prize
Be contracted to a rose;
Sweetly there indeed it lies,
But it biteth in the close.

So this flower doth judge and sentence
Wordly joyes to be a scourge;
For they all produce repentance,
And repentance is a purge.

But I health, not physick, choose:
Onely though I you oppose,
Say that fairly I refuse;
For my answer is a rose.

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