by Robert Herrick

FOR my part, I never care
For those lips that tongue-tied are :
Tell-tales I would have them be
Of my mistress and of me.
Let them prattle how that I
Sometimes freeze and sometimes fry :
Let them tell how she doth move
Fore or backward in her love :
Let them speak by gentle tones,
One and th' other's passions ;
How we watch, and seldom sleep ;
How by willows we do weep ;
How by stealth we meet, and then
Kiss and sigh, so part again.
This the lips we will permit
For to tell, not publish it.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 100.

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