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In every desert where there is a tulip-bed
Those tulips have come from the blood of a king
Every violet-shoot that grows from the earth
Is a mole that was once upon the cheek of a beauty

 

Bodl 43

Everywhere that there has been a rose or tulip-bed,
there has been spilled the crimson blood of a king;
every violet shoot that grows from the earth
is a mole that was once upon the cheek of a beauty.

Chr 46

In every plain where there was a tulip-bed, the tulips
have sprung from the blood of a king.
Every shoot of the violet which grows from the earth
is a beauty-spot that has [once] been on the cheek of a fair one.

F4 19

I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Cæsar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head.

HA 19

Everywhere that there has been a rose or tulip bed,
It has come from the redness of the blood of a king;
Every violet shoot that grows from the earth
Is a mole that was (once) upon the cheek of a beauty.

P 109

Each tulip abloom in the meadows that seen is
From the blood of some prince or some sultan its sheen is;
Each violet, that springs from the heart of the greensward,
A mole from the cheek of some fair that hath been is.

Th 152

Where'er there is a rose or tulip bed.
From some King's blood it takes its hue of red ;
Each violet leaf that springs from earth was once
A mole that decked the cheek of some fair maid.

Wh 104

Where'er you see a rose or tulip bed,
Know that a mighty monarch's blood was shed
And where the violet rears her purple tuft,
Be sure a black-moled girl hath laid her head.

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