The Rosebush
Language: English 
A child sleeps under a [rose-bush]1 fair,
The buds swell out in the soft May air;
Sweetly it rests, and on dream-wings flies
To play with the angels in Paradise.
[And the years glide by]2.

A maiden stands by the rose-bush fair.
The dewy blossoms perfume the air.
She presses her hand to her throbbing breast,
With love's first wonderful rapture blest:
[And the years glide by]2.

A Mother kneels by the rose-bush fair,
Soft sigh the leaves in the evening air.
Sorrowing thoughts of the past arise,
And tears of anquish bedim her eyes.
[And the years glide by]2.

Naked and [lone]3 stands the rose-bush [fair]2,
Whirl'd are the leaves in the autumn air,
Wither'd and dead and dead they fall to the ground,
And silently cover a new-made mound:
[And the years glide by]2.

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1 Webster: "Rosebush", passim.
2 omitted by Webster.
3 Webster: "alone"


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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-20
Line count: 20
Word count: 136