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1,158.  For the crown of our life as it closes

Is darkness, the fruit thereof dust;

No thorns go as deep as the rose’s,

And love is more cruel than lust.  (Life’s Like That & Death & Roses & Love)  Algernon Charles Swinburne, Delores

 

 

4,744.  And she was fayr as is the rose in May.  (Woman & Rose)  Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

 

 

85,859.  I beg your pardon

I never promised you a rose garden

Along with the sunshine

There's gotta be a little rain some time.  (Promise & Rose)  Lynn Anderson, Rose Garden

 

 

4,818.  The ladies of St James’s!

They're painted to the eyes;

Their white it stays for ever,

Their red it never dies:

But Phyllida, my Phyllida!

Her colour comes and goes;

It trembles to a lily, –

It wavers to a rose.  (Woman & Colour & Rose)  Henry Austin Dobson, The Ladies of St James's 1883

 

 

11,148.  There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.  (Artist & Rose)  Henri Matisse

 

 

43,571.  They are not long, the days of wine and roses.  (Wine & Rose & Day)  Ernest Dowson

 

 

74,286.  Won’t you come into the garden?  I would like my roses to see you.  (Garden & Rose)  Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

 

95,810.  Wild roses are agreeable little flowers ... The human eye and the human nose went to work on wild roses, enlarging them, shaping them, doubling up the petals, tinting them, refining the bloom.  Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth p45

 

 

82,345.  Who will buy my sweet red roses?  (Musical & Rose)  Oliver! 1968 starring Ron Moody & Oliver Reed & Shani Wallis & Harry Secombe & Mark Lester & Peggy Mount & Leonard Rossiter & Kenneth Cranham & Hugh Griffith & Jack Wild et al, director Carol Reed,  flower-lady’s song

 

 

87,025.  Oh this is the joy of the rose.  That it blows.  And goes.  Willa Catha

 

 

87,026.  Heaven help the roses if the bombs begin to fall.  Stevie Wonder

 

 

87,027.  What a lovely thing a rose is!  Arthur Conan Dolye, The Naval Treaty

 

 

87,028.  What a good year for the roses

Many blooms still linger there

The lawn could stand another mowin’

Funny I don’t even care

As you turn to walk away

As the door behind you closes

The only thing I have to say

It's been a good year for the roses.  Elvis Costello, Good Year For the Roses

 

 

87,029.  By brooks too broad for leaping

The lightfoot boys are laid;

The rose-lipt girls are sleeping

In fields where roses fade.  A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad

 

 

87,031.  Gather therefore the rose, whilst yet is prime,

For soon comes age, that will her pride deflower:

Gather the rose of lvoe, whilst yet is time,

Whilst loving thou mayst loved be with equal crime.  Stanley Spenser, The Faerie Queen

 

 

87,032.  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.  Edmund Waller, ‘Go, Lovely Rose’ 1645

 

 

87,033.  A rose is a rose is a rose, is a rose.  Gertrude Stein

 

 

87,034.  The fairest things have fleetest end,

Their scent survives their close:

But the rose's scent is bitterness

To him that loved the rose!  Francis Thompson, Daisy 1913

 

 

87,035.  Ring-a-ring o’roses.  Nursery Rhyme, cited Kate Greenaway, Mother Goose 1881

 

 

87,036.  It was roses, roses all the way.  Robert Browning, The Patriot

 

 

87,037.  Still more labyrinthine buds the rose.  Robert Browning, Sordello

 

87,038.  Any nose

May ravage with impunity a rose.  ibid.

 

 

87,039.  I pluck the rose

And love it more than tongue can speak –

Then the good minute goes.  Robert Browning, Two in the Campagne

 

 

87,040.  Why is it no one ever sent me yet

One perfect limousine, do you suppose?

Ah no it’s always just my luck to get

One perfect rose.  Dorothy Parker, One Perfect Rose 1937

 

 

87,041.  Come into the garden, Maud,

For the black bat, night, has flown,

Come into the garden, Maud,

I am here at the gate alone.

And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad,

And the musk of the rose is blown.  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Maud 1855

 

87,042.  Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls.  ibid.

 

 

87,043.  Far-off, most secret and inviolate Rose.  W B Yeats, The Secret Rose 1899

 

 

87,044.  Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days!

Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways.  W B Yeats, To the Rose upon the Rood of Time

 

87,045.  Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?

For these red lips, with all their mournful pride,

Mournful that no new wonder may betide,

Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam,

And Ursa’s children died.  ibid.

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