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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
To Meadows
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
YE have been fresh and green,
  Ye have been fill’d with flowers;
And ye the walks have been
  Where maids have spent their hours.
 
You have beheld how they        5
  With wicker arks did come,
To kiss and bear away
  The richer cowslips home.
 
You’ve heard them sweetly sing,
  And seen them in a round;        10
Each virgin, like a spring,
  With honeysuckles crown’d.
 
But now, we see none here,
  Whose silvery feet did tread,
And with dishevell’d hair        15
  Adorn’d this smoother mead.
 
Like unthrifts, having spent
  Your stock, and needy grown,
You’re left here to lament
  Your poor estates alone.        20
 
 
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