Cavalier Song Writer ~ Thomas Carew

RED AND WHITE ROSES.

Boticelli

READ in these roses the sad story

Of my hard fate and your own glory.

In the white you may discover

The paleness of a fainting lover ;

In the red the flames still feeding

On my heart, with fresh wounds bleeding.

The white will tell you how I languish,

And the red express my anguish ;

The white my innocence displaying,

The red my martyrdom betraying.

The frowns that on your brow resided,

Have those roses thus divided.

Oh ! let your smiles but clear the weather,

And then they both shall grow together.


Thomas Carew(pronounced Carey) 1594-1640

Carew's poems, at their best, are brilliant lyrics of the purely sensuous order. They open to us, in his own phrase, "a mine of rich and pregnant fancy."

Carew's poems, at their best, are brilliant lyrics of the purely sensuous order. They open to us, in his own phrase, "a mine of rich and pregnant fancy."

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