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PRESENTING TO A LADY A WHITE ROSE AND A RED, ON 10TH OF JUNE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If this pale rose offend your sight / it in your bosom wear
Last Line: "and 'tis like heaven to bless."
Alternate Author Name(s): Somerville, William
Subject(s): Flowers; Love; Roses


"If this pale rose offend your sight,
It in your bosom wear;
'Twill blush to find itself less white,
And turn Lancastrian there.

But, Celia, should the red be chose,
With gay vermilion bright,
'Twould sicken at each blush that glows,
And in despair turn white.

Let politicians idly prate,
Their Babels build in vain;
As uncontrollable as Fate,
Imperial love shall reign.

Each haughty faction shall obey
And Whigs and Tories join,
Submit to your despotic sway,
Confess your right divine.

Yet this, my gracious monarch, own,
They're tyrants that oppress;
'Tis mercy must support your throne,
And 'tis like Heaven to bless."





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