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The
LILY AND THE ROSE.

I.
THE nymph must lose her female friend,
If more admir’d than she—
But where will fierce contention end,
If flow’rs can disagree ?
II.
Within the garden's peaceful scene
Appear'd two lovely foes,
Aspiring to the rank of queen,
The Lily and the Rose.
III.
The Rose soon redden’d into rage,
And, swelling with disdain,
Appeal’d to many a poet’s page
To prove her right to reign.
IV.
The Lily’s height bespoke command,
A fair imperial flow’r;
She seem’d design'd for Flora's hand,
The sceptre of her pow'r,
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The goddess chanc'd to hear,

And flew to save, ere yet too late. The pride of the parterre. . vor. I. 23

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VI. Yours is, she said, the nobler hue, And yours the statelier mein; And, till a third surpasses you, Let each be deem’d a queen. VII. Thus, sooth'd and reconcil'd, each seek The fairest British fair: The seat of empire is her cheeks, They reign united there.

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IDEM LATINE REDDITUM.

I. HFU inimicitias quoties parit amula forma, Quam raro pulchrae pulchra placere potest Sed fines ultra solitos discordia tendit, Cum flores ipsos bilis et ira movent. II. Hortus ubidulces praebet tacitosque recessus, Se rapit in partes gens animosa duas; Hic sibi regalis Amaryllis candida cultus, Illic purpureo vindicatore Rosa. III. Ira Rosam et meritis quaesita superbia tangunt, Multaque ferventi vix cohibenda sinu, Dum sibi fautorum cietundique nomina vatum, Jusque suum, multo carmine fulta, probat. IV. Altior emicat illa, et celso vertice mutat, Ceu flores inter non habitura paren, FastiditQue alios, et nata videtur in usus Imperii, sceptrum, Flora quod ipsa gerat. Nec Dea non sensit civilis murmura rixae, Cui curae est pictas pandere ruris opes, Deliciasque suas nunquam non promptatueri, Dum licet et locus est, uttueatur, adest.

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