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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Violets
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
WELCOME, maids of honour,
    You do bring
    In the Spring
And wait upon her.
 
She has virgins many,        5
    Fresh and fair;
    Yet you are
More sweet than any.
 
You’re the maiden posies,
    And so graced        10
    To be placed
’Fore damask roses.
 
Yet, though thus respected,
    By-and-by
    Ye do die,        15
Poor girls, neglected.
 
 
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