Lucy Spring Rice (1854 – 1884) published two volumes of poems, Sonnets and Other Poems (1872) and Pictures from a Life and other Poems (1884), both under her married name of Knox. ‘Song’ is taken from the former.
O WHITE rose-bud, my rose, my rose!
What is my life to me?
Far off I watched thy sweetness blow;
Longed I not then for thee?
Yet twilight and the reddening dawn,
I would not hasten these,
Nor dry the dew-drops on thy heart
To give mine own more ease.
Thy leaves, too tender for my touch,
He plucked with careless praise;
I saw thee in his breast, and then
Flung loose on dusty ways.
O rose-bud that shall never bloom,
At last, when hope has fled,
I lay thee in the heart that waits
To break till thou art dead