Robert Herrick
Upon Julia’s Breasts by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Breasts by Robert Herrick

Display thy breasts, my Julia, there let meBehold that circummortal purity;Between whose glories, there my lips I'll lay,Ravished in that fair Via Lactea.

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To Perllla by Robert Herrick

To Perllla by Robert Herrick

Ah, my Perilla! dost thou grieve to seeMe, day by day, to steal away from thee?Age calls me hence, and my gray hairs bid come,And haste away to mine eternal home;'Twill not be ...

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The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon’s Chapel by Robert Herrick

The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon’s Chapel by Robert Herrick

THE FAIRY TEMPLE; OR, OBERON'S CHAPELDEDICATED TO MR JOHN MERRIFIELD,COUNSELLOR AT LAWRARE TEMPLES THOU HAST SEEN, I KNOW,AND RICH FOR IN AND OUTWARD SHOW;SURVEY THIS CHAPEL ...

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Divination By A Daffodil by Robert Herrick

Divination By A Daffodil by Robert Herrick

When a daffodil I see,Hanging down his head towards me,Guess I may what I must be:First, I shall decline my head;Secondly, I shall be dead;Lastly, safely buried.

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The Widows’ Tears; Or, Dirge Of Dorcas by Robert Herrick

The Widows’ Tears; Or, Dirge Of Dorcas by Robert Herrick

Come pity us, all ye who seeOur harps hung on the willow-tree;Come pity us, ye passers-by,Who see or hear poor widows' cry;Come pity us, and bring your earsAnd eyes to pity ...

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The Mad Maid’s Song by Robert Herrick

The Mad Maid’s Song by Robert Herrick

Good morrow to the day so fair;Good morning, sir, to you;Good morrow to mine own torn hair,Bedabbled with the dew.Good morning to this primrose too;Good morrow to each maid;That ...

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Corinna’s Going A-Maying by Robert Herrick

Corinna’s Going A-Maying by Robert Herrick

Get up, get up for shame, the blooming MornUpon her wings presents the god unshorn. See how Aurora throws her fair Fresh-quilted colours through the air; Get up, sweet ...

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A New Year’s Gift,Sent To Sir Simeon Steward by Robert Herrick

A New Year’s Gift,Sent To Sir Simeon Steward by Robert Herrick

No news of navies burnt at seas;No noise of late spawn'd tittyries;No closet plot or open vent,That frights men with a Parliament:No new device or late-found trick,To read by th' ...

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To The Virgins, Make Much Of Time by Robert Herrick

To The Virgins, Make Much Of Time by Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may:Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles to-day,To-morrow will be dying.The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,The higher he's ...

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A Child’s Grace by Robert Herrick

A Child’s Grace by Robert Herrick

HERE a little child I stand Heaving up my either hand; Cold as paddocks though they be, Here I lift them up to Thee, For a benison to fall On our meat and on us all. Amen.

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Upon Julia’s Hair Filled With Dew by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Hair Filled With Dew by Robert Herrick

Dew sate on Julia's hair,And spangled too,Like leaves that laden areWith trembling dew; Or glitter'd to my sight,As when the beamsHave their reflected lightDanced by the streams. ...

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The Dirge Of Jephthah’s Daughter:Sung By The Virgins by Robert Herrick

The Dirge Of Jephthah’s Daughter:Sung By The Virgins by Robert Herrick

O thou, the wonder of all days!O paragon, and pearl of praise!O Virgin-martyr, ever blestAbove the restOf all the maiden-train! We come,And bring fresh strewings to thy ...

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Man’s Dying-Place Uncertain by Robert Herrick

Man’s Dying-Place Uncertain by Robert Herrick

Man knows where first he ships himself; but heNever can tell where shall his landing be.

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The Old Wives’ Prayer by Robert Herrick

The Old Wives’ Prayer by Robert Herrick

Holy-Rood, come forth and shieldUs i' th' city and the field;Safely guard us, now and aye,From the blast that burns by day;And those sounds that us affrightIn the dead of dampish ...

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Life Is The Body’s Light by Robert Herrick

Life Is The Body’s Light by Robert Herrick

Life is the body's light; which, once declining,Those crimson clouds i' th' cheeks and lips leave shining:-Those counter-changed tabbies in the air,The sun once set, all of one ...

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Upon Julia’s Voice by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Voice by Robert Herrick

When I thy singing next shall hear,I'll wish I might turn all to ear,To drink-in notes and numbers, suchAs blessed souls can't hear too muchThen melted down, there let me ...

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Upon Julia’s Unlacing Herself by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Unlacing Herself by Robert Herrick

Tell, if thou canst, and truly, whence doth comeThis camphire, storax, spikenard, galbanum,These musks, these ambers, and those other smellsSweet as the Vestry of the Oracles.I'll ...

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On Julia’s Voice by Robert Herrick

On Julia’s Voice by Robert Herrick

So smooth, so sweet, so silv'ry is thy voice, As, could they hear, the Damned would make no noise, But listen to thee (walking in thy chamber) melting melodious words to Lutes of ...

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Oberon’s Feast by Robert Herrick

Oberon’s Feast by Robert Herrick

Hapcot! To thee the Fairy State I with discretion, dedicate. Because thou prizest things that are Curious, and un-familiar. Take first the feast; these dishes gone, We'll see the ...

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Upon The Nipples Of Julia’s Breast by Robert Herrick

Upon The Nipples Of Julia’s Breast by Robert Herrick

Have ye beheld (with much delight)A red rose peeping through a white?Or else a cherry (double graced)Within a lily? Centre placed?Or ever marked the pretty beamA strawberry shows ...

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Upon Julia’s Clothes by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Clothes by Robert Herrick

Whenas inn silks my Julia goes,Then, then, methinks, how sweetly flowsThat liquefaction of her clothes.Next, when I cast mine eyes and seeThat brave vibration each way free ;O how ...

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Upon Julia’s Recovery by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Recovery by Robert Herrick

Droop, droop no more, or hang the head,Ye roses almost withered;Now strength, and newer purple get,Each here declining violet.O primroses! let this day beA resurrection unto ...

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To His Saviour, A Child;A Present, By A Child by Robert Herrick

To His Saviour, A Child;A Present, By A Child by Robert Herrick

Go, pretty child, and bear this flowerUnto thy little Saviour;And tell him, by that bud now blown,He is the Rose of Sharon known.When thou hast said so, stick it thereUpon his bib ...

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Anthea’s Retractation by Robert Herrick

Anthea’s Retractation by Robert Herrick

Anthea laugh'd, and, fearing lest excessMight stretch the cords of civil comelinessShe with a dainty blush rebuked her face,And call'd each line back to his rule and space.

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Upon Julia’s Ribbon by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia’s Ribbon by Robert Herrick

As shews the air when with a rain-bow graced,So smiles that ribbon 'bout my Julia's waist;Or like----Nay, 'tis that Zonulet of love,Wherein all pleasures of the world are wove.

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An Ode To Master Endymion Porter, Upon His Brother’s Death by Robert Herrick

An Ode To Master Endymion Porter, Upon His Brother’s Death by Robert Herrick

Not all thy flushing suns are set,Herrick, as yet ;Nor doth this far-drawn hemisphereFrown and look sullen ev'rywhere.Days may conclude in nights, and suns may restAs dead within ...

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Dreams by Robert Herrick

Dreams by Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'dBy dreams, each one into a several world.

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No Fault In Women by Robert Herrick

No Fault In Women by Robert Herrick

No fault in women, to refuseThe offer which they most would chuse.- No fault: in women, to confessHow tedious they are in their dress; - No fault in women, to lay onThe tincture ...

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A Vow To Venus by Robert Herrick

A Vow To Venus by Robert Herrick

Happily I had a sightOf my dearest dear last night;Make her this day smile on me,And I'll roses give to thee!

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A Child’s Grace by Robert Herrick

A Child’s Grace by Robert Herrick

HERE a little child I stand Heaving up my either hand; Cold as paddocks though they be, Here I lift them up to Thee, For a benison to fall On our meat and on us all. Amen.

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A Hymn To Love by Robert Herrick

A Hymn To Love by Robert Herrick

I will confessWith cheerfulness,Love is a thing so likes me,That, let her layOn me all day,I'll kiss the hand that strikes me.I will not, I,Now blubb'ring cry,It, ah! too late ...

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Delight In Disorder by Robert Herrick

Delight In Disorder by Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dressKindles in clothes a wantonness;A lawn about the shoulders thrownInto a fine distraction;An erring lace, which here and thereEnthrals the crimson ...

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To Daffodils by Robert Herrick

To Daffodils by Robert Herrick

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see You haste away so soon;As yet the early-rising sun Has not attain'd his noon. Stay, stay, Until the hasting day ...

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Upon The Nipples Of Julia’s Breast by Robert Herrick

Upon The Nipples Of Julia’s Breast by Robert Herrick

Have ye beheld (with much delight)A red rose peeping through a white?Or else a cherry (double graced)Within a lily? Centre placed?Or ever marked the pretty beamA strawberry shows ...

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A Lyric To Mirth by Robert Herrick

A Lyric To Mirth by Robert Herrick

While the milder fates consent,Let's enjoy our merriment :Drink, and dance, and pipe, and play ;Kiss our dollies night and day :Crowned with clusters of the vine,Let us sit, and ...

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A Ring Presented To Julia by Robert Herrick

A Ring Presented To Julia by Robert Herrick

Julia, I bring To thee this Ring. Made for thy finger fit; To shew by this, That our love is (Or sho'd be) like to it. Close though it be, The joynt is free: So when Love's yoke ...

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To Anthea, Who May Command Him Any Thing by Robert Herrick

To Anthea, Who May Command Him Any Thing by Robert Herrick

Bid me to live, and I will liveThy Protestant to be;Or bid me love, and I will giveA loving heart to thee.A heart as soft, a heart as kind,A heart as sound and freeAs in the whole ...

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The Kiss:  A Dialogue by Robert Herrick

The Kiss: A Dialogue by Robert Herrick

1 Among thy fancies, tell me this,What is the thing we call a kiss?2 I shall resolve ye what it is:--It is a creature born and bredBetween the lips, all cherry-red,By love and ...

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A Hymn To The Graces by Robert Herrick

A Hymn To The Graces by Robert Herrick

When I love, as some have toldLove I shall, when I am old,O ye Graces! make me fitFor the welcoming of it!Clean my rooms, as temples be,To entertain that deity;Give me words ...

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A Meditation For His Mistress by Robert Herrick

A Meditation For His Mistress by Robert Herrick

You are a Tulip seen to-day,But, Dearest, of so short a stay,That where you grew, scarce man can say.You are a lovely July-flower;Yet one rude wind, or ruffling shower,Will force ...

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Sweet Disorder by Robert Herrick

Sweet Disorder by Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dressKindles in clothes a wantonness:A lawn about the shoulders thrownInto a fine distraction--An erring lace, which here and thereEnthrals the crimson ...

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A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In The Presence At White-Hall by Robert Herrick

A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In The Presence At White-Hall by Robert Herrick

Chorus.What sweeter music can we bring, Than a Carol, for to sing The Birth of this our heavenly King? Awake the Voice! Awake the String! Heart, Ear, and Eye, and every thing ...

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Four Things Make Us Happy Here by Robert Herrick

Four Things Make Us Happy Here by Robert Herrick

Health is the first good lent to men; A gentle disposition then:Next, to be rich by no by-ways; Lastly, with friends t' enjoy our days.

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A Dialogue Betwixt Himself And Mistress Elizawheeler, Under The Name Of Amarillis by Robert Herrick

A Dialogue Betwixt Himself And Mistress Elizawheeler, Under The Name Of Amarillis by Robert Herrick

My dearest Love, since thou wilt go,And leave me here behind thee;For love or pity, let me knowThe place where I may find thee.AMARIL. In country meadows, pearl'd with dew,And ...

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A Conjuration:  To Electra by Robert Herrick

A Conjuration: To Electra by Robert Herrick

By those soft tods of wool,With which the air is full;By all those tinctures thereThat paint the hemisphere;By dews and drizzling rain,That swell the golden grain;By all those ...

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A Hymn To Venus And Cupid by Robert Herrick

A Hymn To Venus And Cupid by Robert Herrick

Sea-born goddess, let me beBy thy son thus graced, and thee,That whene'er I woo, I findVirgins coy, but not unkind.Let me, when I kiss a maid,Taste her lips, so overlaidWith ...

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The Argument Of His Book by Robert Herrick

The Argument Of His Book by Robert Herrick

THE ARGUMENT OF HIS BOOKI sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers,Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.I sing of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,Of bridegrooms, ...

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All Things Decay And Die by Robert Herrick

All Things Decay And Die by Robert Herrick

All things decay with time: The forest seesThe growth and down-fall of her aged trees;That timber tall, which three-score lustres stoodThe proud dictator of the state-like wood,I ...

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An Epitaph Upon A Virgin by Robert Herrick

An Epitaph Upon A Virgin by Robert Herrick

Here a solemn fast we keep,While all beauty lies asleep;Hush'd be all things, no noise hereBut the toning of a tear;Or a sigh of such as bringCowslips for her covering.

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Ambition by Robert Herrick

Ambition by Robert Herrick

In man, ambition is the common'st thing;Each one by nature loves to be a king.

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