by Robert Herrick

I HAVE been wanton and too bold, I fear,
To chafe o'ermuch the virgin's cheek or ear.
Beg for my pardon, Julia : he doth win
Grace with the gods who's sorry for his sin.
That done, my Julia, dearest Julia, come
And go with me to choose my burial room :
My fates are ended ; when thy Herrick dies,
Clasp thou his book, then close thou up his eyes.
Velazquez: A Woman as a Sibyl
Guercino (1591-1666). Persian Sibyl.
Musei Capitolini, Roma, Italia.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 160.

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