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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Robert Herrick. 1591–1674
251. To Violets
WELCOME, maids of honour! 
    You do bring 
    In the spring, 
And wait upon her. 
She has virgins many,         5
    Fresh and fair; 
    Yet you are 
More sweet than any. 
You're the maiden posies, 
    And so graced  10
    To be placed 
'Fore damask roses. 
Yet, though thus respected, 
    Ye do lie,  15
Poor girls, neglected. 
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