UPON LOVE. (VIII)|
by Robert Herrick
LOVE brought me to a silent grove
And show'd me there a tree,
Where some had hang'd themselves for love,
And gave a twist to me.
The halter was of silk and gold,
That he reach'd forth unto me;
No otherwise than if he would
By dainty things undo me.
He bade me then that necklace use;
And told me, too, he maketh
A glorious end by such a noose,
His Death for love that taketh.
‘Twas but a dream; but had I been
There really alone,
My desp'rate fears in love had seen
Correggio. Danae, [Detail] 1531.
Galleria Borghese, Rome.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 97.
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