A Rose is Sweet ~ Simple Joy Saturday


I was blessed this week with roses blooming in my garden.  I love flowers of all kinds and I especially love roses. This one comes from my garden. It comes from a rose bush that was in my garden when I moved in to my apartment. It has always been a spindly plant and I'm afraid I don't tend to it well. Yet it gives off such pretty blossoms each year. Only a few blossoms though and so they are rather precious to me.


Thinking about the beautiful rose brought to mind the famous Shakespearean line about roses.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet




Meaning
What matters is what something is, not what it is called.
Origin
From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1600:




JULIET:
      'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
      Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
      What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
      Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
      Belonging to a man. O, be some  other name!
      What's in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;
      So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
      Retain that dear perfection which he owes
      Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
      And for that name which is no part of thee
      Take all myself.
 

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19 comments:

Jan said...

A very beautiful rose, such a gorgeous colour. It is lovely to see a little of your garden.
Thanks also for the reminder about Romeo and Juliet, our thoughts range far and wide in 'blogland'. A very thoughtful post.
Many Blessings - Jan

Laurie said...

Oh, such a beautiful rose and lovely blog! I enjoyed my visit and will look forward to returning!
Blessings,
Laurie

Joyful said...

Hi Jan, nice of you to drop by and am glad you enjoyed your visit and my rose :-) Our thoughts do range far and wide in blogland, that is for sure. God bless xx

Joyful said...

Hi Laurie, thank you for your visit and your kind comments. I look forward to your return. God bless xx

Jo said...

How beautiful Joyful;) thanks for visiting my blog so regularly. I enjoy having you over.

Joyful said...

Thanks Jo! So nice of you to drop by. I hope you come and visit me more often ;-)

Lynda said...

Your roses are beautiful. They're one of my favourite flowers, too ... Hope you're having a lovely weekend !

Karen said...

Lovely pictures and reflection...there is just something so special about a beautiful red rose....

Carrie said...

wonderful photo and a great source of joy!

KleinsteMotte said...

Today is my day for seeing rose posts on blogs. They are so lovely. Too bad we can't smell their fragrance on line. Someday??

Barbara said...

This is so beautiful, I have blooming on my bush looks just like it, had one posted on my blog a week or so ago too, doncha love them. I sure do, I really do enjoy the simple things in life.
Thank you for stopping by my blog too, come back often, and stay for a while, sip some Iced tea with me, have a blessed evening, Hugs Barbara
http://bakinnbitsbarbara.blogspot.com/

eileeninmd said...

Your roses are gorgeous! Lovely post and photos! Have a great week!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Strange..thought I made a comment here before but don't see it? Maybe I didn't finish up with the spam thing at the end? Wonder how often I've made that dumb mistake? Well I love this and your whole Romeo & Juliet post!! What a gorgeous rose..and your own! Fantastic!

Joyful said...

Strange..thought I made a comment here before but don't see it? Maybe I didn't finish up with the spam thing at the end? Wonder how often I've made that dumb mistake? Well I love this and your whole Romeo & Juliet post!! What a gorgeous rose..and your own! Fantastic!

Joyful said...

Today is my day for seeing rose posts on blogs. They are so lovely. Too bad we can't smell their fragrance on line. Someday??

Joyful said...

wonderful photo and a great source of joy!

Joyful said...

How beautiful Joyful;) thanks for visiting my blog so regularly. I enjoy having you over.

Joyful said...

A very beautiful rose, such a gorgeous colour. It is lovely to see a little of your garden.
Thanks also for the reminder about Romeo and Juliet, our thoughts range far and wide in 'blogland'. A very thoughtful post.
Many Blessings - Jan

Brenda Green said...

Dear joyful,
The rose is beautiful! I like them also. I think that the fewer of something, the more value it holds. May it give you delight each year as it blooms! Hugs

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