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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
William Habington
 
33. To Roses in the bosome of Castara
 
YEE blushing Virgins happy are 
In the chaste Nunn'ry of her brests, 
For hee'd prophane so chaste a faire, 
Who ere should call them Cupids nests. 
  
Transplanted thus how bright yee grow;         5
How rich a perfume doe yee yeeld? 
In some close garden, Cowslips so 
Are sweeter then i' th' open field. 
  
In those white cloysters live secure 
From the rude blasts of wanton breath,  10
Each houre more innocent and pure, 
Till you shall wither into death. 
  
Then that which living gave you roome, 
Your glorious sepulcher shall be, 
There wants no marble for a tombe,  15
Whose brest hath marble beene to me. 
 
 
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