That thereby beauty's rose might never die

from William Shakespeare – Sonnet 1 on Rap Genius

Meaning

The rose was symbolic of all things beautiful. By reproducing itself it could, in a sense, become immortal.

In Chaucer’s ‘The Wife of Bath’s Prologue’, the rose is associated with female genitalia;

For if I wolde selle my bele chose,
I koude walke as fressh as is a rose…"

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