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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To His Saviour, a Child: A Present by a Child
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
GO, pretty child, and bear this flower
Unto thy little Saviour;
And tell Him, by that bud now blown,
He is the Rose of Sharon known.
When thou hast said so, stick it there        5
Upon His bib or stomacher;
And tell Him for good handsel, 1 too,
That thou hast brought a whistle new,
Made of a clean straight oaten reed,
To charm His cries at time of need.        10
Tell Him, for coral, thou hast none,
But if thou hadst, He should have one;
But poor thou art, and known to be
Even as moneyless as He.
Lastly, if thou canst win a kiss        15
From those mellifluous lips of His;
Then never take a second one,
To spoil the first impression.
 
Note 1. Handsel: earnest money. [back]
 
 
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