Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ROSA MYSTICA, by KATHARINE TYNAN

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ROSA MYSTICA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This rose so exquisite
Last Line: There is the rose.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Flowers; Future Life; Gardens & Gardening; God; Praise; Roses; Retribution; Eternity; After Life

THIS Rose so exquisite,
So perfect, so complete,
Beauty beyond all price,
With the hour it dies.

God makes Him roses fast,
With such magnificent haste,
Multitudes, multitudes,
In gardens, fields, and woods.

The roses tell His praise
Their little length of days;
Testify to His Name,
Gold on gold, flame on flame.

They are scarce here, scarce blown,
But they are gone, are flown;
The gardener's broom must sweep them
And in the darkness heap them.

Drift of rose-leaves upon
The garden-bed, the lawn:
The exquisite thought of God
Is scattered, wasted abroad.

What of the soul of the Rose?
It shall not die with those;
It shall wake, shall live again
In God's rose-garden.

It shall climb rose-trellises
Before God's palaces.
The Eternal Rose shall cover
The House of God all over.

She shall breathe out her soul
And yet living, made whole,
Shall offer her oblation
Out of her purest passion.

She shall know all bliss
Where God's garden is:
The Rose drinking her fill is
Of joy with her sister lilies.

Where the Water of Life sweet
Bathes her from head to feet,
The River of Life flows,
There is the Rose.

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