by Robert Herrick

YOUNG I was, but now am old,
But I am not yet grown cold ;
I can play, and I can twine
'Bout a virgin like a vine :
In her lap too I can lie
Melting, and in fancy die ;
And return to life if she
Claps my cheek, or kisseth me :
Thus, and thus it now appears
That our love outlasts our years.
Anthony van Dyck. Jupiter and Atiope, c. 1617-1618.
Anthony van Dyck. Jupiter and Antiope, c. 1617-1618.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 18.

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