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First Line: Now, when my roses are half buds, half flowers
Last Line: His breast, my dear, how lovely was his breast!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Dragonflies


Now, when my roses are half buds, half flowers,
And loveliest, the king of flies has come --
It was a fleeting visit, all too brief;
In three short minutes he had seen them all,
And rested, too, upon an apple leaf.

There, his round shoulders humped with emeralds,
A gorgeous opal crown set on his head,
And all those shining honours to his breast --
'My garden is a lovely place,' thought I,
'But is it worthy of so fine a guest?'

He rested there, upon that apple leaf --
'See, see,' I cried amazed, 'his opal crown,
And all those emeralds clustered round his head!'
'His breast, my dear, how lovely was his breast' --
The voice of my Beloved quickly said.

'See, see his gorgeous crown, that shines
With all those jewels bulging round its rim' --
I cried aloud at night, in broken rest.
Back came the answer quickly, in my dream --
'His breast, my dear, how lovely was his breast!'





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