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She Gave Me a Rose | Lyrics of the Hearthside | Paul Laurence Dunbar | Lit2Go ETC

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Lyrics of the Hearthside

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

She Gave Me a Rose

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 106
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: love
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She gave a rose,
And I kissed it and pressed it.
I love her, she knows,
And my action confessed it.
She gave me a rose,
And I kissed it and pressed it.

Ah, how my heart glows,
Could I ever have guessed it?
It is fair to suppose
That I might have repressed it:
She gave me a rose,
And I kissed it and pressed it.

‘T was a rhyme in life’s prose
That uplifted and blest it.
Man’s nature, who knows
Until love comes to test it?
She gave me a rose,
And I kissed it and pressed it.