by Robert Herrick

LOVE and myself, believe me, on a day
At childish push-pin, for our sport, did play ;
I put, he pushed, and, heedless of my skin,
Love pricked my finger with a golden pin ;
Since which it festers so that I can prove
'Twas but a trick to poison me with love :
Little the wound was, greater was the smart,
The finger bled, but burnt was all my heart.

Push-pin, a game in which pins are pushed
with an endeavour to cross them.

Caravaggio (1573-1610). Amor Victorious.
Caravaggio. Amor Victorious, 1602-3.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 19.

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