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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
To his Winding-Sheet
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
COME thou, who art the wine and wit
Of all I’ve writ:    
The grace, the glorie, and the best
Piece of the rest;    
Thou art of what I did intend        5
The all, and end;    
And what was made, was made to meet
Thee, thee, my sheet;    
Come then, and be to my chaste side
Both bed and bride.    
        10
We two, as reliques left, will have
One rest, one grave;    
And, hugging close, we will not feare
Lust entering here;    
Where all desires are dead or cold,        15
As is the mould;    
And all affections are forgot,
Or trouble not.    
Here needs no court for our request,
Where all are best;    
        20
All wise, all equal, and all just
Alike i’ th’ dust.    
Nor need we here to feare the frowne
Of court or crown;    
Where fortune bears no sway o’er things,        25
There all are kings.    
And for a while lye here concealed,
To be revealed,    
Next, at that great platonick yeere,
And then meet here.    
        30
 
 
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