The Sword And The Rose

by: Robert Graves - (1895 - 1985 / England)

Used by Alan Truscott as introduction in his book The Great Bridge Scandal



The king of hearts a broadsword bears,
The queen of hearts a rose.

Though why, not every gambler cares
Or cartomancer knows.

Be beauty yours, be honor mine,
Yet sword and rose are one:
Great emblems that in love combine
Until the dealing’s done.

For no card, whether small or face,
Shall overtrump our two
Except the heart of hearts, the ace,
To which their title’s due.