TO MISTRESS KATHARINE BRADSHAW, THE LOVELY,|
THAT CROWNED HIM WITH LAUREL.
by Robert Herrick
MY Muse in meads has spent her many hours,
Sitting, and sorting several sorts of flowers
To make for others garlands, and to set
On many a head here many a coronet ;
But, amongst all encircled here, not one
Gave her a day of coronation,
Till you, sweet mistress, came and interwove
A laurel for her, ever young as love
You first of all crown'd her : she must of due
Render for that a crown of life to you.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 116.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on July 11, 1999.