This poem was published in Songs of Experience in 1794. See also the manuscript version: The modest rose puts forth a thorn
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.
This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.