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Rise; and put on your foliage, and be seen
To come forth, like the Spring-time, fresh and green,

And sweet as Flora. Take no care
For jewels for your gown, or hair :
Fear not; the leaves will strew

Gems in abundance upon you :
Besides, the childhood of the day has kept,
Against you come, some orient pearls unwept:

Come, and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night:
And Titan on the eastern hill

Retires himself, or else stands still
Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying
Few beads are best, when once we go a Maying.

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Come, my Corinna, come; and coming, mark
How each field turns a street; each street a park

Made green, and trimm'd with trees : see how
Devotion gives each house a bough
Or branch : Each porch, each door, ere this,

An ark, a tabernacle is,
Made up of white-thorn neatly interwove ;
As if here were those cooler shades of love.

Can such delights be in the street,
And open fields, and we not see't ?
Come, we'll abroad : and let's obey

The proclamation made for May :
And sin no more, as we have done, by staying ;
But, my Corinna, come, let's go a Maying.

There's not a budding boy, or girl, this day,
But is got up, and gone to bring in May.

A deal of youth, ere this, is come
Back, and with white-thorn laden home.
Some have despatch'd their cakes and cream,
Before that we have left to dream :

And some have wept, and wood, and plighted troth,
And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth : 50

Many a green-gown has been given;
Many a kiss, both odd and even :
Many a glance too has been sent

From out the eye, Love's firmament:
Many a jest told of the keys betraying

55 This night, and locks pick'd :—Yet we're not a Maying.

-Come, let us go, while we are in our prime;
And take the harmless folly of the time !

We shall grow old apace, and die
Before we know our liberty.
Our life is short and our days run

As fast away as does the sun :-
And as a vapour, or a drop of rain
Once lost, can ne'er be found again :

So when or you or I are made
A fable, song, or fleeting shade;
All love, all liking, all delight

Lies drown'd with us in endless night.
Then while time serves, and we are but decaying,
Come, my Corinna ! come, let's go a Maying.

R. Herrick.

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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;
O how that glittering taketh me!

R. Herrick.

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My Love in her attire doth shew her wit,

It doth so well become her :
For every season she hath dressings fit,

For Winter, Spring, and Summer.
No beauty she doth miss
When all her robes are on:
But Beauty's self she is
When all her robes are gone.

Anon.

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That which her slender waist confined
Shall now my joyful temples bind :
No monarch but would give his crown
His arms might do what this has done.

It was my Heaven's extremest sphere,
The pale which held that lovely deer:
My joy, my grief, my hope, my love
Did all within this circle move.

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A narrow compass ! and yet there
Dwelt all that's good, and all that's fair :
Give me but what this ribband bound,
Take all the rest the Sun goes round.

E. Waller.

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XXXIX.

A MYSTICAL ECSTASY. E'en like two little bank-dividing brooks,

That wash the pebbles with their wanton streams, And having ranged and search'd a thousand nooks, Meet both at length in silver-breasted Thames,

Where in a greater current they conjoin : So I my Best-Belovéd's am : so He is mine.

E'en so we met; and after long pursuit,

E’en so we join'd; we both became entire ; No need for either to renew a suit,

For I was flax and he was flames of fire:

Our firm-united souls did more than twine ; So I my Best-Belovéd's am ; so he is mine.

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If all those glittering Monarchs that command

The servile quarters of this earthly ball, Should tender, in exchange, their shares of land,

I would not change my fortunes for them all :

Their wealth is but a counter to my coin :
The world's but theirs ; but my Belovéd's mine.

F. Quarles.
XL.
TO ANTHEA WHO MAY COMMAND HIM

ANY THING.
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.

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A heart as soft, a heart as kind,

A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,

That heart I'll give to thee.

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Bid that heart stay, and it will stay,

To honour thy decree :
Or bid it languish quite away,

And 't shall do so for thee.

Bid me to weep, and I will weep

While I have eyes to see :
And having none, yet I will keep

A heart to weep for thee.

Bid me despair, and I'll despair,

Under that cypress tree :
Or bid me die, and I will dare

E’en Death, to die for thee.

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