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Poem Title:  Only Roses

Poem Category:  Nature Poems

Poet:  William Schwenck Gilbert

Poet Biography: 
William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911), is perhaps more famous as part of the duo of Gilbert and Sullivan. An accomplished writer in his own right, his writings are wide and varied. Gilbert was knighted by Edward VII in 1907 and died in 1911, at age 74, while attempting to save a drowning woman. ..



Poem: 
To a garden full of posies
Cometh one to gather flowers;
And he wanders through its bowers
Toying with the wanton roses,
Who, uprising from their beds,
Hold on high their shameless heads
With their pretty lips a-pouting,
Never doubting - never doubting
That for Cytherean posies
He would gather aught but roses.

In a nest of weeds and nettles,
Lay a violet, half hidden;
Hoping that his glance unbidden
Yet might fall upon her petals.
Though she lived alone, apart,
Hope lay nestling at her heart,
But, alas! the cruel awaking
Set her little heart a-breaking,
For he gathered for his posies
Only roses - only roses!


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