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First Line: All day with bright, appealing face
Last Line: His soul and breaks his fetter?
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening; Perfume; Roses; Soul

ALL day with bright, appealing face,
Upon my study table,
A red, red rose asked me to give
What gods were quite unable —
Asked me to give it back again
Into the garden's keeping,
Where winds were low and there their tears
The nightingales were weeping.

Till eve I drank its wine perfume —
My soul the nectar needed;
Alas, how impotent was I
To do the thing it pleaded;
I could but drink, and drinking know
I was its endless debtor —
For who can pay the soul that heals
His soul and breaks his fetter?

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