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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
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.
 
You have beheld how 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 a spring,
  With honeysuckles crowned.
 
But now we see none here
  Whose silvery feet did tread
And with dishevelled hair        15
  Adorn’d 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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