Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ROSA MUNDI, by RACHEL ANNAND TAYLOR

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ROSA MUNDI, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The rose of the world hangs high on a thorny / tree
Last Line: For oh! Thou art sweet.
Subject(s): Flowers; Love; Roses; Thorns

THE Rose of the World hangs high on a thorny Tree.
Whoso would gather must harrow his hands and feet.
But oh! It is sweet.

The leaves that drop like blood from the thorny Tree
Redden the roads of the earth from East to West.
They lie in my breast.

O Rose, O Rose of the World, bow down to me
Who can cleave no more, so pierced are my hands and feet.
For oh! Thou art sweet.

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