TO ANTHEA. (IV)
by Robert Herrick
COME, Anthea, know thou this,
Love at no time idle is ;
Let's be doing, though we play
But at push-pin half the day ;
Chains of sweet bents let us make
Captive one, or both, to take :
In which bondage we will lie,
Souls transfusing thus, and die.
Push-pin, a childish game in which one player placed
a pin and the other pushed it.
Bents, bent grasses.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 41.