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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
When He Would Have His Verses Read
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
IN sober mornings, do not thou rehearse
The holy incantation of a verse;
But when that men have both well drunk, and fed,
Let my enchantments then be sung or read.
When laurel spirts i’ th’ fire, and when the hearth        5
Smiles to itself, and gilds the roof with mirth;
When up the Thyrse is raised, and when the sound
Of sacred orgies, flies around, around;
When the rose reigns, and locks with ointments shine,
Let rigid Cato read these lines of mine.        10
 
 
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