by Arlo Bates (1850 - 1918)

The rose leans over the pool
Language: English 
The rose leans over the pool;
Oh touch me not, touch me not, love!
When the sun bursts above her,
the rude bee will love her;
oh touch me not, touch me not, love!

When the night breeze is cool;
Oh kiss me not, kiss me not, love!
With song that pursues her,
the nightingale woos her;
Oh touch me not, kiss me not, love!

The moth to the jasmine flies;
Oh touch me not, touch me not, love!
Drunk with fervid desire,
with love's passionate fire;
Oh touch me not, touch me not, love!

In her bosom he lies;
Oh kiss me not, kiss me not, love!
Till smothered in kisses,
he dies of love's blisses;
Oh touch me not, kiss me not, love!

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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-04-20
Line count: 20
Word count: 125