by Robert Herrick

DISPLAY thy breasts, my Julia—there let me
Behold that circummortal purity,
Between whose glories there my lips I'll lay,
Ravish'd in that fair via lactea.

Circummortal, more than mortal.

Abraham Janssens, d.1632. Venus and Adonis.
Abraham Janssens, d.1632.
Venus and Adonis, detail.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 119.

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