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Mrs. Eliz. Wheeler, Under the Name of the Lost Shepherdess

by Robert Herrick, 1648

Among the myrtles as I walk’d,
Love and my sighs thus intertalk’d:
Tell me, said I, in deep distress,
Where I may find my shepherdess.
Thou fool, said Love, know’st thou not this?
In everything that’s sweet she is.
In yond’ carnation go and seek,
There thou shalt find her lip and cheek:
In that enamell’d pansy by,
There thou shalt have her curious eye:
In bloom of peach and rose’s bud,
There waves the streamer of her blood.
’Tis true, said I, and thereupon
I went to pluck them one by one,
To make of parts a union:
But on a sudden all were gone.
At which I stopp’d; said Love, these be
The true resemblances of thee;
For, as these flowers, thy joys must die,
And in the turning of an eye:
And all thy hopes of her must wither,
Like those short sweets, ere knit together.

Published in Hesperides

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