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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The Rose
By Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)
 
SWEET, serene, sky-like flower,
Haste to adorn her bower,
    From thy long cloudy bed
    Shoot forth thy damask head.
 
New-startled blush of Flora,        5
The grief of pale Aurora
    (Who will contest no more),
    Haste, haste to strew her floor!
 
Vermilion ball that ’s given
From lip to lip in heaven,        10
    Love’s couch’s coverled,
    Haste, haste to make her bed.
 
Dear offspring of pleased Venus
And jolly plump Silenus,
    Haste, haste to deck the hair        15
    O’ the only sweetly fair!
 
See! rosy is her bower,
Her floor is all this flower,
    Her bed a rosy nest
    By a bed of roses pressed!        20
 
 
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