UPON LUCIA DABBLED IN THE DEW.
by Robert Herrick
MY Lucia in the dew did go,
And prettily bedabbled so,
Her clothes held up, she showed withal
Her decent legs, clean, long, and small.
I follow'd after to descry
Part of the nak'd sincerity ;
But still the envious scene between
Denied the mask I would have seen.
Decent, in the Latin sense, comely ; sincerity, purity.
Scene, a curtain or drop-scene.
Mask, a play.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 58.