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White rose sighed in the morn

Language: English

White rose sighed in the morn,
Red rose laughed in the noon,
And "Sweetest sweetness is ended soon,"
And "Never heed for the thorn."

"Love's hour passes away,"
White rose breathed in my ear;
Red rose whispered "No need to fear;
The day is enough for day."

Shall I need white or red?
Shall I heed both aright?
Sighing and laughing, red and white,
'Tis "Love her" they both have said.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Arthur Foote (1853 - 1937), "The two roses", op. 64 (Duets, soprano, tenor, piano) no. 1, published 1908 [vocal duet for soprano and tenor with piano], Boston : A.P. Schmidt [
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Text added to the website: 2012-04-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
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Word count: 71

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