When the rose came, I loved the rose, And thought of none beside, Forgetting all the other flowers. And all the others died ; And morn, and noon, and sun, and showers, And all things loved the rose. Who only half returned my love, Blooming alike for those. I was the rival of a score Of loves on gaudy wing. The nightingale I would implore For pity not to sing ; Each called her his, still I was glad To wait or take my part ; I loved the rose -- who might have had The fairest lily's heart.
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- by Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (1844 - 1881), "Song", appears in Songs of a Worker, first published 1881 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Henry Bell (1873 - 1946), "When the rose came", 1896 [voice and piano], from Three Songs ; words by Arthur O'Shaughnessy [text not verified]
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