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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Mower to the Glow-worms
By Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)
 
YE living lamps, by whose dear light
The nightingale does sit so late,
And studying all the summer night,
Her matchless song does meditate;
 
Ye country comets, that portend        5
No war nor prince’s funeral,
Shining unto no higher end
Than to presage the grass’s fall;
 
Ye glow-worms, whose officious flame
To wandering mowers shows the way,        10
That in the night have lost their aim,
And after foolish fires do stray;
 
Your courteous lights in vain you waste,
Since Juliana here is come,
For she my mind hath so displaced,        15
That I shall never find my home.
 
 
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