by Robert Herrick

MY faithful friend, if you can see
The fruit to grow up, or the tree ;
If you can see the colour come
Into the blushing pear or plum ;
If you can see the water grow
To cakes of ice or flakes of snow ;
If you can see that drop of rain
Lost in the wild sea once again ;
If you can see how dreams do creep
Into the brain by easy sleep :
Then there is hope that you may see
Her love me once who now hates me.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 97.

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