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

To Daisies, Not to Shut So Soon

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,—

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,

And let the whole world then dispose

Itself to live or die.