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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 Meadows
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
YE have been fresh and green;
  Ye have been filled with flowers;
And ye the walks have been
  Where maids have spent their hours;
 
Ye have beheld where they        5
  With wicker arks did come,
To kiss and bear away
  The richer cowslips home;
 
You’ve heard them sweetly sing,
  And seen them in a round;        10
Each virgin, like the spring,
  With honeysuckles crowned.
 
But now we see none here
  Whose silvery feet did tread,
And with disheveled hair        15
  Adorned this smoother mead.
 
Like unthrifts, having spent
  Your stock, and needy grown,
You’re left here to lament
  Your poor estates alone.        20
 
 
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