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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
The Primrose
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
  ASK me why I send you here
This sweet Infanta of the yeere?
  Ask me why I send to you
This Primrose, thus bepearl’d with dew?
  I will whisper to your eares,        5
The sweets of love are mixt with tears.
  Ask me why this flower does show
So yellow-green and sickly too?
  Ask me why the stalk is weak
And bending, yet it doth not break?        10
  I will answer, these discover
What fainting hopes are in a lover.

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