by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806 - 1867)

When the rose is brightest
Language: English 
When the rose is brightest,
  Its bloom will soonest die;
When burns the meteor brightest,
  'T will vanish from the sky.
If Death but wait until delight
  O'errun the heart like wine,
And break the cup when brimming quite,
I die -- for thou hast poured to-night
  The last drop into mine.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-02
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