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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Daisies, Not to Shut So Soon
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
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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