UPON HIMSELF. (VI)
by Robert Herrick
COME, leave this loathed country life, and then
Grow up to be a Roman citizen.
Those mites of time, which yet remain unspent,
Waste thou in that most civil government.
Get their comportment and the gliding tongue
Of those mild men thou art to live among,
Then, being seated in that smoother sphere,
Decree thy everlasting topic there ;
And to the farm-house ne'er return at all :
Though granges do not love thee, cities shall.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 214.