THE PARLIAMENT OF ROSES TO JULIA.
I DREAMT the roses one time went
To meet and sit in parliament ;
The place for these, and for the rest
Of flowers, was thy spotless breast,
Over the which a state was drawn
Of tiffanie or cobweb lawn.
Then in that parly all those powers
Voted the rose the queen of flowers ;
But so as that herself should be
The maid of honour unto thee.
State, a canopy.
Parly, a parliament.
Guido Reni (1575-1642). Girl With a Rose.
Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 7.
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