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First Line: Sweet, serene, sky-like flower
Last Line: Because her cheeks are near.
Variant Title(s): Ode To Lucasta. The Rose
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


SWEET, serene, sky-like flower,
Haste to adorn her bower:
From thy long cloudy bed
Shoot forth thy damask head.

New-startled blush of Flora!
The grief of pale Aurora,
Who will contest no more,
Haste, haste, to strow her floor.

Vermilion ball that's given
From lip to lip in heaven;
Love's couch's coverled,
Haste, haste, to make her bed.

Dear offspring of pleas'd Venus
And jolly plump Silenus,
Haste, haste, to deck the hair
Of th' only sweetly fair.

See! rosy is her bower,
Her floor is all this flower,
Her bed a rosy nest
By a bed of roses press'd.

But early as she dresses,
Why fly you her bright tresses?
Ah! I have found I fear:
Because her cheeks are near.





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