by Robert Herrick

I'LL come to thee in all those shapes
As Jove did when he made his rapes,
Only I’ll not appear to thee
As he did once to Semele.
Thunder and lightning I’ll lay by,
To talk with thee familiarly.
Which done, then quickly we’ll undress
To one and th’ other’s nakedness.
And, ravish’d, plunge into the bed,
Bodies and souls commingled,
And kissing, so as none may hear,
We’ll weary all the fables there.

Fables, i.e., of Jove’s amours.

  Correggio. Jupiter and Io, ca. 1531-32
Correggio. Jupiter and Io,
ca. 1531-32. From CGFA.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 70.

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