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By Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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Book Id: WPLBN0000711618
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Promise  
Author: Dunbar, Paul Laurence
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: I GREW a rose within a garden fair, // And, tending it with more than loving care, // I thought how, with the glory of its bloom, // I should the darkness of my life illume; // And, watching, ever smiled to see the lusty bud // Drink freely in the summer sun to tinct its blood. // My rose began to open, and its hue // Was sweet to me as to it sun and dew; // I watched it taking on its ruddy flame // Until the day of perfect blooming came, // Then hasted I with smiles to find it blushing red- // Too late! Some thoughtless child had plucked my rose and fled! // FULFILMENT // I grew a rose once more to please mine eyes. // All things to aid it - dew, sun, wind, fair skies - // Were kindly; and to shield it from despoil, // I fenced it safely in with grateful toil. // No other hand than mine shall pluck this flower, said I, // And I was jealous of the bee that hovered nigh. // It grew for days; I stood hour after hour // To watch the slow unfolding of the flower, // And then I did not leave its side at all, // Lest some mischance my flower should befall. // At last, oh joy! the central petals burst apart. // It blossomed-but, alas! a worm was at its heart!


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