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Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674)

17th century English poet.
Robert Herrick
Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes.
Next, when I cast mine eyes and see
That brave vibration each way free;
Oh how that glittering taketh me!
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Before man's fall the rose was born,
St. Ambrose says, without the thorn;
But for man's fault then was the thorn
Without the fragrant rose-bud born; But ne'er the rose without the thorn.
Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

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Get up, sweet Slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree.
Herrick Robert
We such clusters had
As made us nobly wild, not mad;
And yet each verse of thine
Outdid the meat, outdid the frolic wine.
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Then while time serves, and we are but decaying.
Come, my Corinna, come, let's go a Maying.
Robert Herrick
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.
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Fair daffadills, we weep to see
You haste away so soon:
As yet the early rising sun
Has not attained his noon.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious Lamp of Heaven, the Sun,
The higher he's a-getting
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.
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Thus times do shift, each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed, as former things grow old.
Robert Herrick
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.

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Bid me to live, and I will live
Thy Protestant to be,
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart to thee.
Robert Herrick
What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve:
The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.
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If well thou hast begun, go on fore-right
It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.
Herrick Robert
Fall on me like a silent dew,
Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
A baptism oer the flowers.
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Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
Why do ye fall so fast?
Your date is not so past
But you may stay yet here awhile
To blush and gently smile,
And go at last.
Robert Herrick
Night makes no difference 'twixt the Priest and Clerk;
Joan as my Lady is as good i' the dark.
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God doth not promise here to man that He
Will free him quickly from his misery;
But in His own time, and when He thinks fit,
Then He will give a happy end to it.
Robert Herrick
Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt;
Nothing's so hard but search will find it out.
Herrick Robert
I saw a flie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried.

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