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ROBERT HERRICK
English poet and clergyman
(1591 - 1674)
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The breath of popular applause.
      - [Fame]

The first act's doubtful, but we say, it is the last commends the play.
      - [Theatre]

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun.
      - [Sun]

The stars of the night
  Will lend thee their light,
    Like tapers clear without number!
      - [Stars]

There is a lady sweet and kind,
  Was never face so pleased my mind;
    I did but see her passing by,
      And yet I love her till I die.
      - ascribed to,
        in the "Scottish Student's Song-Book"
        [Love]

Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.
      - [Proverbs]

'Tis hard to find God, but to comprehend
  Him, as He is, is labour without end.
      - [God]

'Tis not the fight that crowns us, but the end.
      - [Proverbs]

Upon her cheeks she wept, and from those showers
  Sprang up a sweet nativity of flowers.
      - [Tears]

When words we want, love teacheth to indite;
  And what we blush to speak, she bids us write.
      - [Love]

Who covets more is evermore a slave.
      - [Covetousness]

Who with a little cannot be content, endures an everlasting punishment.
      - [Discontent]

Against diseases here the strongest fence,
  Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
      - Abstinence [Disease]

Know when to speake; for many times it brings
  Danger to give the best advice to kings.
      - Caution in Councell [Advice : Speech]

Thus times do shift; each thing his turne does hold;
  New things succeed, as former things grow old.
      - Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve [Time]

'Tis not the food, but the content,
  That makes the table's merriment.
      - Content not Cates [Eating]

Fair daffadils, we weep to see
  You haste away so soone;
    As yet the early-rising sun
      Has not attained its noone.
        . . . .
          We have short time to stay as you,
            We have as short a spring;
              As quick a growth to meet decay
                As you or anything.
      - Daffadills [Daffodils]

A careless shoe string, in whose tie
  I see a wilde civility.
      - Delight in Disorder [Shoemaking]

A sweet disorder in the dresse
  Kindles in cloathes a wantonnesse.
      - Delight in Disorder [Apparel]

A winning wave, (deserving note.)
  In the tempestuous petticote,
    A careless shoe-string, in whose tye
      I see a wilde civility,--
        Doe more bewitch me than when art
          Is too precise in every part.
      - Delight in Disorder [Apparel]

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.
      - Hesperides [Spring]

Roses at first were white.
  'Till they co'd not agree,
    Whether my Sappho's breast
      Or they more white sho'd be.
      - Hesperides,
        found in Dodd's "Epigrammatists" [Roses]

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.
      - Hesperides (208) [Time]

It is the end that crowns us, not the fight.
      - Hesperides (340) [End]

What is a kisse? Why this, as some approve:
  The sure sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.
      - Hesperides--A Kiss [Kisses]


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