by Robert Herrick
UNDER a lawn, than skies more clear,
Some ruffled roses nestling were :
And, snugging there, they seem'd to lie
As in a flowery nunnery :
They blush'd, and look'd more fresh than flowers
Quicken'd of late by pearly showers,
And all because they were possess'd
But of the heat of Julia's breast :
Which, as a warm and moisten'd spring,
Gave them their ever-flourishing.
Titian. Venus of Urbino. 1538.
Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 29.
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