Love is like dew On lilacs at dawn; Comes the swift sun And the dew is gone. Love is like starlight In the sky at morn, Starlight dies When day is born. Love is like perfume In the heart of a rose, The flower withers, The perfume goes. Love is no more Than the breath of a rose, No more Than the breath of a rose.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "The breath of a rose", quoted in 13 Against the Odds by Edwin Embree, first published 1947 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by William Grant Still (1895 - 1978), "The breath of a rose", 1928, published 1928 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
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