There is no rose of such virtue
as is the rose that bare Jesu;
For in this rose contained was
heaven and earth in little space
By that rose we may well see
that He is God in persons three
The angels sung the shepherds to
“Gloria in excelsis Deo!”
Leave we all this worldly mirth,
and follow we this joyful birth.
-15th century English carol
Just as the rose consists of many petals held together, so the person who attains to the unfoldment of the soul begins to show many different qualities. The atmosphere of a spiritual being pervades the air like the perfume of a rose.
–Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi teacher
All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall…
but the word of our God endures forever.
-Isaiah 40:7-8 (NIV)