When the Rose is Brightest


"When the Rose is Brightest" is a song by John Duke setting a poem by Nathaniel Parker Willis. This song is included in the John Duke volume Songs, Vol. 1, High Voice, published by Southern Music.

To Giulia Grisi
by Nathaniel Parker Willis

When the rose is brightest,
Its bloom will soonest die;
When burns the meteor brightest,
'T will vanish from the sky.
If Death but wait until delight
O'errun the heart like wine,
And break the cup when brimming quite,
I die -- for thou hast poured to-night
The last drop into mine.

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