This Little Rose

(1947)

"This Little Rose" is a song by William Roy which sets the text of Emily Dickinson. The text has also been set by John Duke.

Nobody knows this little rose
by Emily Dickinson


Nobody knows this little rose,
It might a pilgrim be.
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.


Only a bee will miss it,
Only a butterfly,
Hastening from far journey
On its breast to lie.


Only a bird will wonder,
Only a breeze will sigh,
Ah, little rose, how easy
For such as thee to die!


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