by William Blake (1757 - 1827)

The modest rose puts forth a thorn
Language: English 
The modest rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threatening horn, 
While the lily white shall in love delight, 
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

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