by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

The lily has a smooth stalk
Language: English 
Available translation(s): SPA
The lily has a smooth stalk,
  Will never hurt your hand;
But the rose upon her briar
  Is lady of the land.

There's sweetness in an apple tree,
  And profit in the corn;
But lady of all beauty
  Is a rose upon a thorn.

When with moss and honey
  She tips her bending briar,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
  She sets the world on fire. 

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  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2006-01-27
Line count: 12
Word count: 66