THE SADNESS OF THINGS FOR SAPPHO'S SICKNESS.
by Robert Herrick
LILIES will languish ; violets look ill ;
Sickly the primrose ; pale the daffodil ;
That gallant tulip will hang down his head,
Like to a virgin newly ravished ;
Pansies will weep, and marigolds will wither,
And keep a fast and funeral together ;
If Sappho droop, daisies will open never,
But bid good-night, and close their lids for ever.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 49.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on September 13, 1996.