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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Love’s Emblems
By John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
NOW 1 the lusty spring is seen;
  Golden yellow, gaudy blue,
  Daintily invite the view:
Everywhere on every green
Roses blushing as they blow,        5
  And enticing men to pull,
Lilies whiter than the snow,
  Woodbines of sweet honey full:
    All love’s emblems, and all cry,
    “Ladies, if not plucked, we die.”        10
 
Yet the lusty spring hath stay’d;
  Blushing red and purest white
  Daintily to love invite
Every woman, every maid:
Cherries kissing as they grow,        15
  And inviting men to taste,
Apples even ripe below,
  Winding gently to the waist:
    All love’s emblems, and all cry,
    “Ladies, if not plucked, we die.”        20
 
Note 1. From Fletcher’s Tragedy of Valentinian, produced 1618–19. [back]
 
 
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