by Robert Herrick

LOVE like a gipsy lately came,
    And did me much importune
To see my hand, that by the same
   He might foretell my fortune.

He saw my palm, and then, said he,
   I tell thee by this score here,
That thou within few months shalt be
   The youthful Prince d'Amour here.

I smil'd, and bade him once more prove,
   And by some cross-line show it,
That I could ne'er be prince of love,
   Though here the princely poet.

Prove, make trial.
Caravaggio. The Fortune Teller, 1594-95.
Caravaggio. The Fortune Teller, 1594-95. The Louvre.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 76-77.

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