The modest rose puts forth a thorn

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1543312Notebook 22. "The modest rose puts forth a thorn..."William Blake
Notebook 22 - The modest rose put forth a thorn

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The [rose put envious del.] [lustful del.] modest rose puts forth a thorn,
The [coward del.] humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
[And the lion increase freedom & piece, del.]
[The priest loves war & the soldier peace. del.]
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.