UPON HIMSELF. (II)
by Robert Herrick
I AM sieve-like, and can hold
Nothing hot or nothing cold.
Put in love, and put in too
Jealousy, and both will through :
Put in fear, and hope, and doubt ;
What comes in runs quickly out :
Put in secrecies withal,
Whate'er enters, out it shall :
But if you can stop the sieve,
For mine own part, I'd as lief
Mais should say or virgins sing,
Herrick keeps, as holds nothing.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 146.