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THE MARK OF THE ROSE, by            
First Line: I opened the book before me
Last Line: Shall last forever and aye.
Subject(s): Flowers; Love - Nature Of; Roses

I OPENED the book before me, --
Between its leaves there lay
A rose, all withered and dried and dead,
Whose fragrance had passed away.

The rose was brown and dull,
But I saw a faint red stain,
For the page was marked with the rose's blood
On the spot where it long had lain.

And now the book of my life
Lies open before my eyes;
There too I find a treasured rose,
And crowding fancies rise.

And this rose may fade and die,
And its perfume vanish away;
But its mark on the pages of my heart
Shall last forever and aye.

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