THE BRACELET OF PEARL : TO SILVIA.
by Robert Herrick
I BRAKE thy bracelet 'gainst my will,
And, wretched, I did see
The discomposed then, and still
Art discontent with me.
One gem was lost, and I will get
A richer pearl for thee,
Than ever, dearest Silvia, yet
Was drunk to Antony.
Or, for revenge, I'll tell thee what
Thou for the breach shalt do ;
First crack the strings, and after that
Cleave thou my heart in two.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 48-49.