by Robert Herrick

BEGIN with Jove ; then is the work half done,
And runs most smoothly when 'tis well begun.
Jove's is the first and last :  the morn's his due,
The midst is thine ;  but Jove's the evening too ;
As sure a matin does to him belong,
So sure he lays claim to the evensong.

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

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