HIS CHARGE TO JULIA AT HIS DEATH.
by Robert Herrick
DEAREST of thousands, now the time draws near
That with my lines my life must full-stop here.
Cut off thy hairs, and let thy tears be shed
Over my turf when I am buried.
Then for effusions, let none wanting be,
Or other rites that do belong to me ;
As love shall help thee, when thou do'st go hence
Unto thy everlasting residence.
Effusions, the "dew-drink-offerings" of the lyric To
his lovely mistresses .
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 20.