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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
To Primroses Filled with Morning Dew
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
  WHY do ye weep, sweet babes? Can tears
          Speak grief in you,
            Who were but born
            Just as the morn
      Teemed her refreshing dew?        5
  Alas! ye have not known that shower
            That mars a flower;
            Nor felt th’ unkind
      Breath of the blasting wind;
      Nor are ye worn with years;        10
            Or warped, as we,
        Who think it strange to see
Such pretty flowers, like unto orphans young,
Speaking by tears before ye have a tongue.
 
  Speak, whimpering younglings, and make known        15
          The reason why
            Ye droop and weep.
            Is it for want of sleep,
        Or childish lullaby?
      Or that ye have not seen as yet        20
            The violet?
          Or brought a kiss
        From that sweetheart to this?
        No, no; this sorrow, shown
          By your tears shed,        25
        Would have this lecture read:—
“That things of greatest, so of meanest worth,
Conceived with grief are, and with tears brought forth.”
 
 
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