The Lily Has A Smooth Stalk

Christina Georgina Rossetti

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The lily has a smooth stalk,
Will never hurt your hand;
But the rose upon her briar
Is lady of the land.
There's sweetness in an apple tree,
And profit in the corn;
But lady of all beauty
Is a rose upon a thorn.
When with moss and honey
She tips her bending briar,
And half unfolds her glowing heart,
She sets the world on fire.

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  • lindafrantz

    This poem's really nice, makes me think about how somtimes the most beautiful things come with thorns. It got me feeling all tender and warm inside.