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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Henry King
 
143. A Contemplation upon flowers
 
BRAVE flowers, that I could gallant it like you 
And be as little vaine, 
You come abroad, and make a harmelesse shew, 
And to your bedds of Earthe againe; 
You are not proud, you know your birth         5
For your Embroiderd garments are from Earth: 
  
You doe obey your moneths, and times, but I 
Would have it ever springe, 
My fate would know noe winter, never dye 
Nor thinke of such a thing;  10
Oh that I could my bedd of Earth but view 
And Smile, and looke as Chearefully as you: 
  
Oh teach me to see Death, and not to feare 
But rather to take truce; 
How often have I seene you at a Beere,  15
And there look fresh and spruce; 
You fragrant flowers then teach me that my breath 
Like yours may sweeten, and perfume my Death. 
 
 
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