Sonnet — The Lotus
<p>Love came to Flora asking for a flower<br />That would of flowers be undisputed queen,<br />The lily and the rose, long, long had been<br />Rivals for that high honour. Bards of power<br />Had sung their claims. " The rose can never tower<br />Like the pale lily with her Juno mien " — "<br />But is the lily lovelier? " Thus between<br />Flower-factions rang the strife in Psyche's bower.</p><p>" Give me a flower delicious as the rose<br />And stately as the lily in her pride " — " But of what colour? " — " Rose-red, " Love first chose,<br />Then prayed, — " No, lily-white, — or, both provide; "<br />And Flora gave the lotus, " rose-red " dyed,<br />And " lily-white, " — the queenliest flower that blows.</p>
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