I got a dozen roses from a friend the other day
But I only have one left, for I gave them all away.
I gave one to my sister, who to me is very dear
In the hopes that it will bring to her a little floral cheer.
I took one to a friend who's not feeling very well
The flower or the visit, which helped more I could not tell.
The rest went to the ones who've helped me in so many ways
They have been a cheerful presence on my dreariest of days.
The roses were so pretty, I just could not keep them all
Except one single rosebud, standing beautiful and tall.
My friend gave me the flowers to help brighten up my day
But the biggest joy I received was giving them away.
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