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Rose! thou art the sweetest flower,
That ever drank the amber shower;
Rose! thou art the fondest child
Of dimpled Spring, the wood-nymph wild.

MOORE-Odes of Anacreon. Ode XLIV.

Oh! there is naught in nature bright
Whose roses do not shed their light;
When morning paints the Orient skies,
Her fingers burn with roseate dyes.

MOORE/Odes of Anacreon. Ode LV.


Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.

MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 256.

Rose of the desert! thou art to me
An emblem of stainless purity,
Of those who, keeping their garments white,
Walk on through life with steps aright.

D. M. MOIRThe White Rose.

4 While rose-buds scarcely show'd their hue, But coyly linger'd on the thorn.

MONTGOMERYThe Adventures of a Star.

5 Two roses on one slender spray

In sweet communion grew,
Together hailed the morning ray

And drank the evening dew.

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Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

(See also VILLON under Snow)
O rose! the sweetest blossom,
Of spring the fairest flower,
O rose! the joy of heaven.
The god of love, with roses
His yellow locks adorning,
Dances with the hours and graces.

J. G. PERCIVAL-Anacreontic. St. 2.

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The sweetest flower that blows,

I give you as we part
For you it is a rose

For me it is my heart.


There's a bower of roses by Bendemeer's stream, And the nightingale sings round it all the day

long, In the time of my childbood 'twas like a sweet

dream, To sit in the roses and hear the bird's song. MOORELalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of

No flower of her kindred,

No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,

Or give sigh for sigh.
MOORE—Last Rose of Summer.

'Tis the last rose of summer,

Left blooming alone.
MOORE—Last Rose of Summer.

There was never a daughter of Eve but once, ere

the tale of her years be done, Shall know the scent of the Eden Rose, but once

beneath the sup; Though the years may bring her joy or pain,

fame, sorrow or sacrifice, The hour that brought her the scent of the Rose,

she lived it in Paradise. SUSAN K. PHILLIPSThe Eden Rose. Quotes!

by KIPLING in Mrs. Hauksbee Sits it Oud. Published anonymously in St. Louis Glule Democrat, July 13, 1878.

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And the rose like a nymph to the bath addrest,
Which unveiled the depth of her glowing breast,
Till, fold after fold, to the fainting air,
The soul of her beauty and love lay bare.

SHELLEYThe Sensitive Plant. Pt. I.

17 Should this fair rose offend thy sight,

Placed in thy bosom bare,
'Twill blush to find itself less white,

And turn Lancastrian there.
JAMES SOMERVILLE—The White Rose. Other

versions of traditional origin.
I am the one rich thing that morn

Leaves for the ardent noon to win;
Grasp me not, I have a thorn,

But bend and take my being in.

The Rose.

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It was nothing but a rose I gave her,

Nothing but a rose
Any wind might rob of half its savor,

Any wind that blows.
Withered, faded, pressed between these pages,

Crumpled, fold on fold,
Once it lay upon her breast, and ages

Cannot make it old!




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The rose saith in the dewy morn,

I am most fair; Yet all my loveliness is born Upon a thorn. CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI—Consider the Lilies

of the Field.
I watched a rose-bud very long

Brought on by dew and sun and shower,
Waiting to see the perfect flower:
Then when I thought it should be strong

It opened at the matin hour
And fell at even-song.


10 The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new, And hope is brightest when it dawns from

fears; The rose is sweetest wash'd with morning dew,

And love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears. SCOTTLady of the Lake. Canto IV. From off this brier pluck a white rose with me. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 30.

12 Then will I raise aloft the milk-white rose, With whose sweet smell the air shall be per

fumed. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 254.

13 There will we make our peds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 19. Song.

(See also MARLOWE)


And is there any moral shut

Within the bosom of the rose? TENNYSONThe Day-Dream. Moral.



The fairest things have fleetest end:

Their scent survives their close,
But the rose's scent is bitterness

To him that loved the rose!


I saw the rose-grove blushing in pride,
I gathered the blushing rose and sigh'd-
I come from the rose-grove, mother,
I come from the grove of roses.
GIL VICENTE— Come from the Rose-grove,

Mother. Trans. by John BOWRING.


Its sides I'll plant with dew-sweet eglantine.

KEATS—Endymion. Bk. IV. L. 700.

1 Go, lovely Rose!

Tell her that wastes her time and me That now she knows.

When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.


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As through the verdant maze Of sweetbriar hedges I pursue my walk; Or taste the smell of dairy.

THOMSONThe Seasons. Spring. L. 105.

The garden rose may richly bloom

In cultured soil and genial air,
To cloud the light of Fashion's room

Or droop in Beauty's midnight hair,
In lonelier grace, to sun and dew

The sweetbrier on the hillside shows Its single leaf and fainter hue, Untrained and wildly free, yet still a sister

rose! WHITTIERThe Bride of Pennacook. Pt. III.

The Daughter.


The rosebuds lay their crimson lips together.

AMELIA B. WELBY-Hopeless Love. St. 5.


Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.

Wisdom of Solomon. II. 8.

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The budding rose above the rose full blown.

WORDSWORTH-The Prelude. Bk. XI.

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A brier rose, whose buds Yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.

L. E. LANDONThe Oak. L. 17.

A waft from the roadside bank

Tells where the wild rose nods.
BAYARD TAYLORThe Guests of Night.

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Fuller's regiment. The Vicar of Bray was said to be REV. SYMON SYMONDS; also Dr. FRANCIS CASWELL. A Vicar of Bray, in Berkshire, Eng., was alternately Catholic and Protestant under Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. See FULLERWorthies of Berkshire. SIMON ALEYN (ALLEN) named in BROM's Letters from the Bodleian. Vol. II. Pt. I. P. 100.



Ce n'est que lorsqu'il expira
Que le peuple, qui l'enterra, pleura.
And in the years he reigned; through all the

country wide, There was no cause for weeping, save when

the good man died. BERANGER-Le Roi Yvetot. Rendering of THACKERAY-King of Brentford.

(See also PEACOCK under EPITAPH) Der König herrscht aber regiert nicht.

The king reigns but does not govern. BISMARCK-In a debate in the Reichstag. Jan.

24, 1882. He denied the application of this maxim to Germany.

(See also HÉNAULT, THIERS) The Prussian Sovereigns are in possession of a crown pot by the grace of the people, but by God's grace. BISMARCK-Speech in the Prussian Parliament.

(1847) St. George he was for England; St. Dennis was

for France. Sing, “Honi soit qui mal y pense.” Black-letter Ballad. London. (1512)

God bless the King—I mean the faith's de

fender; God bless (no harm in blessing) the pretender; But who the pretender is, or who is KingGod bless us all—that's quite another thing.

JOHN BYROM-Miscellaneous Pieces.




Every noble crown is, and on Earth will forever be, a crown of thorns. CARLYLE— Past and Present. Bk. III. Ch.

Fallitur egregio quisquis sub principe credet
Servitutem. Nunquam libertas gratior extat
Quam sub rege pio.

That man is deceived who thinks it slavery to live under an excellent prince. Never does liberty appear in a more gracious form than under a pious king. CLAUDIANUSDe Laudibus Stilichonis. III.

113. 15 'Tis a very fine thing to be father-in-law To a very magnificent three-tailed bashaw. GEORGE COLMAN (The Younger)—Blue Beard.

Act III. Sc. 4.

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7 Many a crown Covers bald foreheads. E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L.


La clémence est la plus belle marque
Qui fasse à l'univers connaître un vrai monarque.

Clemency is the surest proof of a true monarch.



I loved no King since Forty One

When Prelacy went down,
A Cloak and Band I then put on,

And preached against the Crown.
SAMUEL BUTLER—The Turn-Coat. In Pos-

thumous Works.

I am monarch of all I survey,

My right there is none to dispute,
From the centre all round to the sea,

I am lord of the fowl and the bruté.
COWPER—Verses supposed to be written by

Alexander Selkirk.



Now let us sing, long live the king.

COWPER-History of John Gilpin.


And kind as kings upon their coronation day. DRYDEN–Fables. The Hind and the Panther.

Pt. I. L. 271.


Whatever I can say or do,

I'm sure not much avails;
I shall still Vicar be of Bray,

Whichever side prevails.
SAMUEL BUTLERTale of the Cobbler and the

Vicar of Bray. In Posthumous Works.
I dare be bold, you're one of those

Have took the covenant,
With cavaliers are cavaliers

And with the saints, a saint.
SAMUEL BUTLER—Tale of the Cobbler and the

Vicar of Bray.
In good King Charles's golden days

When royalty no harm meant,
A zealous high-churchman was I,

And so I got preferment.
Vicar of Bray. English song. Written before

1710. Also said to have been written by
an officer in George the First's army, Col.

A man's a man,
But when you see a king, you see the work
Of many thousand men.

GEORGE ELIOT-Spanish Gypsy. Bk. I. Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?

Exodus. II. 14.


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God gives not kings the stile of Gods in vaine,

For on his throne his sceptre do they sway;

And as their subjects ought them to obey, So kings should feare and serve their God againe. KING JAMES—Sonnet Addressed to his son,

Prince Henry.


Si la bonne foi était bannie du reste du monde, il faudrait qu'on la trouvât dans la bouche des rois.

Though good faith should be banished from the rest of the world, it should be found in the mouths of kings. JEAN II. See Biographie Universelle.

Qui nescit dissimulare, nescit regnare,

He who knows how to dissimulate knows how to reign. VICENTIUS LUPANUS—De Magistrat. Franc.

Lib. I. See LIPSIUS-Politica sire Cirilis Doctrina. Lib. IV. Cap. 14. CONRAD LYCOSTHENES—Apopothegmata. De Simulatione & Dissimulatione. BURTON--Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sect. II. Nem. III. Subsec. 15. PALINGENIUS— Zodiacus Vitæ. Lib. IV. 684. Also given as a saying of EMPEROR FREDERICK I., (Barbarossa), Louis XI, and PHILIP II, of Spain. TACITUS -Annales. IV. 71.


The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary commonwealth.

SAMUEL JOHNSON--Life of Milton.



Princes that would their people should do well
Must at themselves begin, as at the head;
For men, by their example, pattern out

A crown Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns, Brings dangers, troubles, cares, and sleepless

nights To him who wears the regal diadem.

Milton-Paradise Regained. Bk. II. L. 458.

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