MAIDEN MAY sat in her bower,
In her blush rose bower in flower,
Sweet of scent ;
Sat and dreamed away an hour,
Half content, half uncontent.
"Why should rose blossoms be born,
Tender blossoms, on a thorn
Though so sweet?
Never a thorn besets the corn
Scentless in its strength complete.
"Why are roses all so frail,
At the mercy of the gale,
Of a breath?
Yet so sweet and perfect pale,
Still so sweet in life and death."
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Book title: A Pageant and Other Poems.
Contributors: Christina G. Rossetti - Author.
Publisher: Roberts Brothers.
Place of publication: Boston.
Publication year: 1881.
Page number: 79.
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