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First Line: Adore the roses; nor delay
Last Line: Of ever-creeping land.
Subject(s): Flowers; Rosary; Roses


1

THE ACCEPTED TIME

Adore the Roses; nor delay
Until the rose-fane fall,
Or ever their censers cease to sway:
"To-day!" the rose-priests call.

2

WITHOUT PRICE

Have the Roses. Needs no pelf
The blooms to buy,
Nor any rose-bed to thyself
Thy skill to try:
But live up to the Rose's light,
Thy meat shall turn to roses red,
Thy bread to roses white.

3

GRAIN BY GRAIN

Grain by grain the Desert drifts
Against the Garden-Land:
Hedge well thy Roses, head the stealth
Of ever-creeping Land.





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