by Alfred Noyes (1880 - 1958)

What is there hid in the heart of a rose
Language: English 
What is there hid in the heart of a rose,
  Mother-mine?
Ah, who knows, who knows, who knows?
A man that died on a lonely hill
May tell you, perhaps, but none other will,
  Little child.

What does it take to make a rose,
  Mother-mine?
The God that died to make it knows
It takes the world's eternal wars,
It takes the moon and all the stars,
It takes the might of heaven and hell
And the everlasting Love as well,
  Little child.

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