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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

To Violets

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

WELCOME, maids of honour,

You do bring

In the Spring

And wait upon her.

She has virgins many,

Fresh and fair;

Yet you are

More sweet than any.

You’re the maiden posies,

And so graced

To be placed

’Fore damask roses.

Yet, though thus respected,


Ye do die,

Poor girls, neglected.