Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
II. Love’s Nature
“Welcome, welcome, do I sing”
William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
    Welcome, welcome, do I sing,
    Far more welcome than the spring;
    He that parteth from you never
    Shall enjoy a spring forever.
Love, that to the voice is near,        5
  Breaking from your ivory pale,
Need not walk abroad to hear
  The delightful nightingale.
    Welcome, welcome, then I sing, etc.
Love, that still looks on your eyes        10
  Though the winter have begun
To benumb our arteries,
  Shall not want the summer’s sun.
    Welcome, welcome, then I sing, etc.
Love, that still may see your cheeks,        15
  Where all rareness still reposes,
Is a fool if e’er he seeks
  Other lilies, other roses.
    Welcome, welcome, then I sing, etc.
Love, to whom your soft lip yields,        20
  And perceives your breath in kissing,
All the odors of the fields
  Never, never shall be missing.

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