by Robert Herrick

NOONDAY and midnight shall at once be seen :
Trees, at one time, shall be both sere and green :
Fire and water shall together lie
In one self-sweet-conspiring sympathy :
Summer and winter shall at one time show
Ripe ears of corn, and up to th’ ears in snow :
Seas shall be sandless ; fields devoid of grass ;
Shapeless the world, as when all chaos was,
Before, my dear Perilla, I will be
False to my vow, or fall away from thee.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 71.

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