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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
John Fletcher. 1579–1625
212. Love's Emblems
NOW the lusty spring is seen; 
  Golden yellow, gaudy blue, 
  Daintily invite the view: 
Everywhere on every green 
Roses blushing as they blow,         5
  And enticing men to pull, 
Lilies whiter than the snow, 
  Woodbines of sweet honey full: 
    All love's emblems, and all cry, 
    'Ladies, if not pluck'd, we die.'  10
Yet the lusty spring hath stay'd; 
  Blushing red and purest white 
  Daintily to love invite 
Every woman, every maid: 
Cherries kissing as they grow,  15
  And inviting men to taste, 
Apples even ripe below, 
  Winding gently to the waist: 
    All love's emblems, and all cry, 
    'Ladies, if not pluck'd, we die.'  20
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