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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Robert Herrick. 1591–1674
261. To Daisies, not to shut so soon
SHUT not so soon; the dull-eyed night 
  Has not as yet begun 
To make a seizure on the light, 
  Or to seal up the sun. 
No marigolds yet closèd are,         5
  No shadows great appear; 
Nor doth the early shepherd's star 
  Shine like a spangle here. 
Stay but till my Julia close 
  Her life-begetting eye,  10
And let the whole world then dispose 
  Itself to live or die. 
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