When the Rose is Brightest

"When the Rose is Brightest" is a song by John Duke setting a poem by Nathaniel Parker Willis.

Composer: John Woods DukeText: Nathaniel Parker Willis

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To Giulia Grisi
by Nathaniel Parker Willis

When the rose is brightest,
Its bloom will soonest die;
When burns the meteor brightest,
‘T will vanish from the sky.
If Death but wait until delight
O’errun the heart like wine,
And break the cup when brimming quite,
I die — for thou hast poured to-night
The last drop into mine.

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Songs, Vol. 1 (WorldCat)

Composer(s): John Duke

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