Have You Seen But A White Lily Grow?

Have you seen but a white lily grow
Before rude hands had touched it;
have you mark’d but the fall of the snow
before the earth hath smudged it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver
or swan’s down ever
or have smelt of the bud of the briar
or the nard in the fire
or have tasted the bag of the bee?
Oh so white, Oh so soft, Oh so sweet, so sweet is she.

Anonymous, about 1612

Sung by Stefanie True



About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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