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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 handa
The sceptre of her pow'r.

V.
This 'civil bick’ring and debate

The goddess chanc'd to hear,
And flew to save, ere yet too late.

The pride of the parterre.
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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.
HEU inimicitias quoties parit æmula forma,

Quam raro pulchræ pulchra placere potest
Sed fines ultra solitos discordia tendit,
Cum flores ipsos bilis et ira movent.

II. Hortus ubi dulces præbet tacitosque recessus,

Se rapit in partes gens animosa duas; Hic sibi regalis Amaryllis candida cultus, Illic purpureo vindicat ore Rosa.

III. Ira Rosam et meritis quæsita superbia tangunt,

Multaque ferventi vix cohibenda sinu,
Dum sibi fautorum ciet undique nomina vatum,
Jusque suum, multo carmine fulta, probat.

IV.
Altior emicat illa, et celso vertice nutat,

Ceu flores inter non habitura parem, Fastiditque alios, et nata videtur in usus Imperii, sceptrum, Flora quod ipsa gerat.

V.
Nec Dea non sensit civilis murmura rixæ,

Cui curæ est pictas pandere ruris opes, Deliciasque suas nunquam non prompta tueri,

Dum licet et locus est, ut tueatur, adest.

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