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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
To Violets
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
WELCOME, maids of honor!
    You doe bring
    In the Spring,
And wait upon her.
 
She has virgins many,        5
    Fresh and faire;
    Yet you are
More sweet than any.
 
Y’ are the maiden Posies,
    And, so grac’t,        10
    To be plac’t
’Fore damask roses.
 
Yet though thus respected,
    By and by
    Ye doe lie,        15
Poore girles! neglected.
 
 
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