The White Roseby John Boyle O’Reilly
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
Traditionally the white rose is a symbol of innocence and purity. That is why it is often used in wedding bouquets to symbolize these traits in the bride.