Nobody Knows This Little Rose

(1978)

"Nobody Knows This Little Rose" is the fifth song of John Duke's Six Poems by Emily Dickinson for soprano and piano. This text has also been set by William Roy.

Nobody Knows This Little Rose
by Emily Dickinson


Nobody knows this little rose,
It might a pilgrim be.
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.


Only a bee will miss it,
Only a butterfly,
Hastening from far journey
On its breast to lie.


Only a bird will wonder,
Only a breeze will sigh,
Ah, little rose, how easy
For such as thee to die!


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