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The Vision

Robert Herrick 1591 (London) – 1674 (Dean Prior)

Sitting alone, as one forsook,
Close by a silver-shedding brook,
With hands held up to Love, I wept
And, after sorrows spent, I slept.
Then, in a vision, I did see
A glorious form appear to me:
A virgin's face she had; her dress
Was like a spritely Spartaness.
A silver bow with green silk strung
Down from her comely shoulders hung;
And, as she stood, the wanton air
Dandled the ringlets of her hair.
Her legs were such Diana shows
When, tucked up, she hunting goes
With buskins shortened to descry
The happy dawning of her thigh.
Which, when I saw, I made access
To kiss that tempting nakedness —
But she forbade me with a wand
Of myrtle she had in her hand
And, chiding me, said: 'Hence remove,
Herrick; thou art too coarse to love.
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Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick was born in London, England, in 1591. He was apprenticed to a goldsmith (his uncle, Sir William), but went to Cambridge, at St John's, in 1613. He was ordained at Peterborough in 1623 and became chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham a few years later. "Hesperides" - a collection of 1200 lyrical poems - was published in 1648 and it remained his magnum opus. Herrick died in 1674, aged 83. more…

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