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Yeats was worried because she had been exhausted by walking on the rough mountain roads, and added the third stanza, much to George Russell's disapproval. The latter told Professor E. R. Dodds (to whom the 30 The Rose 41-43 present editor is indebted for this information) that he disliked these lines for their sentimentality and especially for the incongruity of the words 'weary and kind'. He thought the word 'kind' meaningless in its context and explained that it was there because Maud Gonne, though tired and footsore, was in a gentler mood than usual after the long walk.
In the Rosicrucian symbolism a conjunction of rose (with four leaves) and cross forms a fifth element - a mystic marriage - the rose possessing feminine sexual elements, the cross masculine ; the rose being the flower that blooms upon the sacrifice of the cross. The Rose was a central symbol in the Order of the Golden Dawn, and Ellman (Y:M & M 97), quotes Stanislas de Gualta (who founded in Paris in 1888 a Kabbalistic Order of the Rosy Cross) who wrote in Rosa Mystica: The Rose that I invite you to pluck - sympathetic friend who turn these pages - does not flower on the shores of faraway countries ; and we shall take, if you please, neither the express train nor the transatlantic steamer.
The huntsman's emotion moved the two young ladies to tears, and they came nearer to their grandfather's chair, and looked anxiously into his face. Dr. Kiely laid his finger on the old man's wrist, and turned to whisper something to his son, who was still standing by the chair. But the doctor drew back, as if the eye of a murderer were upon him. Mr. Sam Somerfield's face was ashy pale and his lips vivid, while a baleful light glared from under his shaggy brows, which were dragged together in puckered folds.