Robert Herrick


WHY I tie about thy wrist,
      Julia, this my silken twist ;
      For what other reason is 't,
But to show thee how, in part,
Thou my pretty captive art ?
But thy bondslave is my heart ;
'Tis but silk that bindeth thee,
Knap the thread and thou art free :
But 'tis otherwise with me ;
I am bound, and fast bound, so
That from thee I cannot go ;
If I could, I would not so.

Allegorical Figure of Grammar
Laurent de La Hire, 1650.
National Gallery, London.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 159-160.

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