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The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
- Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi (ed.). "Songs of Innocence and of Experience, copy F, object 47 (Bentley 43, Erdman 43, Keynes 43) "My Pretty ROSE TREE"". William Blake Archive.
- A comparison of extant copies of the original hand-painted copies of "The Lilly" available from the William Blake Archive
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