Love Planted a rose,
And the world turned sweet,
Where the wheatfield blows
Love planted a rose.
Up the mill-wheel's prose
Ran a music beat.
Love planted a rose,
And the world turned sweet.
- Poetry by Katharine Lee Bates
In A Kentish Rose Garden
Beside a Dial in the leafy close,
Where every bush was burning with the rose,
With million roses falling flake by flake
Upon the lawn in fading summer snows:
I read the Persian Poet's rhyme of old,
Each thought a ruby in a ring of gold?
Old thoughts so young, that, after all these years,
They're writ on every rose leaf yet unrolled.
You may not know the secret tongue aright
The sunbeams on their rosy tablets write;
Only a poet may perchance translate
Those ruby tinted hieroglyphs of light.
- Poetry by Mathilde Blind
To the Garden the World
To the garden the world anew ascending,
Potent mates, daughters, sons, preluding,
The love, the life of their bodies, meaning and being,
Curious here behold my resurrection after slumber,
The revolving cycles in their wide sweep having brought me again,
Amorous, mature, all beautiful to me, all wondrous,
My limbs and the quivering fire that ever plays through them,
For reasons, most wondrous,
Existing I peer and penetrate still,
Content with the present, content with the past,
By my side or back of me Eve following,
Or in front, and I following her just the same.
- Poetry by Walt Whitman
Give me odorous at sunrise
a garden of beautiful flowers
where I can walk undisturbed.
- Walt Whitman
Life is like a rose garden...
Watch for the thorns and keep
the pest dust handy.
A single rose can be my garden...
a single friend, my world.
- Leo F. Buscaglia
I know a little garden close
Set thick with lily and red rose,
Where I would wander if I might /
From dewy dawn to dewy night.
And have one with me wandering.
- William Morris
Footfalls echo in the memory,
Down the passage which we did not take,
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose garden.
- T.S. Eliot