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THE ROSE'S PHILOSOPHY, by                    
First Line: When red and white the rose of june
Last Line: Who loves the rose must love the thorn'
Subject(s): Flowers;gardens & Gardening;labor & Laborers;perfume;philosophy & Philosophers;roses


WHEN red and white the rose of June
Made merry all the morning air,
A gardener, with many a tune,
Went gathering the blossoms rare.
His hands were bright as any bloom,
All scratched and seamed with working there —
He minded but the mild perfume,
Knew only that the work was fair.
And when he spied the crimson dew
Upon the hands with labor worn,
He smiled with knowledge deep and true;
"Who loves the rose must love the thorn."





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