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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
To Roses in the Bosom of Castara
William Habington (1605–1654)
 
YE blushing virgins happy are
In the chaste nunnery of her breasts,
For he ’d profane so chaste a fair,
Who e’er should call them Cupid’s nests.
 
Transplanted thus how bright ye grow,        5
How rich a perfume do ye yield!
In some close garden cowslips so
Are sweeter than i’ th’ open field.
 
In those white cloisters live secure
From the rude blasts of wanton breath,        10
Each hour more innocent and pure,
Till you shall wither into death.
 
Then that which living gave you room
Your glorious sepulchre shall be:
There wants no marble for a tomb,        15
Whose breast has marble been to me.
 
 
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