Image courtesy of the British Library and taken from page 115 of ‘A round of days described in original poems by some of our most celebrated poets, and in pictures by eminent artists engraved by the Brothers Dalziel’
Her dreams were erotic. He was the object of her fantasies.
Soon it was apparent to him and he presented her with a white rose – a token of early marriage. It also symbolized truth, reverence and loyalty. It said,”I am worthy of you.”
Accepting the rose she thought – why not a red one?
Reading her thoughts he said, ‘a red rose is tainted with the blood of the nightingale; you want a red one – this one has my blood on it’.
She examined the rose and found a little red spot on it. Her passion was reciprocated.
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