HIS COVENANT ; OR, PROTESTATION TO
by Robert Herrick
WHY dost thou wound and break my heart,
As if we should for ever part ?
Hast thou not heard an oath from me,
After a day, or two, or three,
I would come back and live with thee ?
Take, if thou dost distrust that vow,
This second protestation now.
Upon thy cheek that spangled tear,
Which sits as dew of roses there,
That tear shall scarce be dried before
I'll kiss the threshold of thy door.
Then weep not, sweet ; but this much know,
I'm half return'd before I go.
Titian. Venus and Adonis 1554. Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 101.
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