By Robert Herrick
AH, my Perilla ! do'st thou grieve to see
Me, day by day, to steal away from thee ?
Age calls me hence, and my grey hairs bid come,
And haste away to mine eternal home ;
'Twill not be long, Perilla, after this,
That I must give thee the supremest kiss ;
Dead when I am, first cast in salt, and bring
Part of the cream from that religious spring ;
With which, Perilla, wash my hands and feet ;
That done, then wind me in that very sheet
Which wrapt thy smooth limbs when thou didst implore
The gods' protection, but the night before.
Follow me weeping to my turf, and there
Let fall a primrose, and with it a tear :
Then, lastly, let some weekly-strewings be
Devoted to the memory of me :
Then shall my ghost not walk about, but keep
Still in the cool and silent shades of sleep.
Weekly-strewings, i.e., of flowers on his grave
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 8.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on September 27, 1998.