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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Epithalamium
By Samuel Sheppard (fl. 1646)
 
HEAVENLY fair Urania’s son,
Thou that dwell’st on Helicon,
Hymen, O thy brows impale,
To the bride the bridegroom hale
Take thy saffron robe and come        5
With sweet-flowered marjoram;
Yellow socks of woollen wear,
With a smiling look appear;
Shrill Epithalamiums sing,
Let this day with pleasure spring;        10
Nimbly dance; the flaming tree,
Take in that fair hand of thine.
Let good auguries combine
For the pair that now are wed;
Let their joys be nourishèd        15
Like a myrtle, ever green,
Ownèd by the Cyprian queen,
Who fosters it with rosy dew,
Where her nymphs their sport pursue.
Leave th’ Aonian cave behind        20
(Come, O come with willing mind!)
And the Thespian rocks, whence drill
Aganippe waters still.
Chastest virgins, you that are
Either for to make or mar,        25
Make the air with Hymen ring,
Hymen, Hymenæus sing!
 
 
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