UPON A LADY FAIR BUT FRUITLESS.
by Robert Herrick
TWICE has Pudica been a bride, and led
By holy Hymen to the nuptial bed.
Two youths she's known thrice two, and twice three years ;
Yet not a lily from the bed appears :
Nor will ; for why, Pudica this may know,
Trees never bear unless they first do blow.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 225.