Robert Herrick


FLY me not, though I be grey :
Lady, this I know you'll say ;
Better look the roses red
When with white commingled.
Black your hairs are, mine are white ;
This begets the more delight,
When things meet most opposite :
As in pictures we descry
Venus standing Vulcan by.

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan.
Brothers Le Nain, 1641.
Musée Saint-Denis, Reims.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 244.

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