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The Making of a Rose Scent

Put water-of-roses upon white cracked cardamon pods

Dash it with nutmeg, and you have it a song

Deepen the base, lengthen the neck

Add clear and fruit musk to thicken the scent

Touch it with sambac, spray it with fractions

Lighten it, fill it out, saddle it,

lighten it more, freshen the top

Down in the trenches,

With work horse resins

Tie together the richest of violets,

Of tuberose, of orange blossom buds,

Patchouli flowers, greens of grass

Sand it with dried brown leaves