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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
The White Flag
By John Hay
 
I SENT my love two roses,—one
  As white as driven snow,
And one a blushing royal red,
  A flaming Jacqueminot.
 
I meant to touch and test my fate;        5
  That night I should divine,
The moment I should see my love,
  If her true heart were mine.
 
For if she holds me dear, I said,
  She’ll wear my blushing rose;        10
If not, she’ll wear my cold Lamarque,
  As white as winter’s snows.
 
My heart sank when I met her: sure
  I had been overbold,
For on her breast my pale rose lay        15
  In virgin whiteness cold.
 
Yet with low words she greeted me,
  With smiles divinely tender;
Upon her cheek the red rose dawned,—
  The white rose meant surrender.        20
 
 
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