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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Inquiry
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
AMONGST 1 the myrtles as I walked,
Love and my sighs together talked;
Tell me (said I in deep distress)
Where I may find my shepherdess?
 
Thou fool (said Love), know’st thou not this,—        5
In everything that’s good she is:
In yonder tulip go and seek;
There thou mayst find her lip, her cheek.
 
In yonder enameled pansy by,
There thou shalt have her curious eye;        10
In bloom of peach, in rosy bud,
There wave the streamers of her blood;
 
In brightest lilies that there stands,
The emblems of her whiter hands;
In yonder rising hill there swells        15
Such sweets as in her bosom dwells.
 
’Tis true (said I), and thereupon
I went to pluck them one by one,
To make of parts a union;
But on a sudden all was gone.        20
 
With that I stopped. Said Love, These be
(Fond man) resemblances of thee;
And in these flowers thy joys shall die,
Even in the twinkling of an eye,
And all thy hopes of her shall wither,        25
Like these short sweets thus knit together.
 
Note 1. Attributed to Herrick in Drake’s ‘Literary Hours.’ [back]
 
 
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