A White Rose

The red rose whispers of passion,

And the white rose breathes of love;

Oh the red rose is a falcon,

And the white rose is a dove.

Tipped Rosebud

But I send you a cream-white rosebud,

With a flush on its petal tips;

For the love that is purest and sweetest

Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

~John Boyle O’Reilly