by Robert Herrick

A WILLOW garland thou did'st send
    Perfum'd, last day, to me,
Which did but only this portend—
    I was forsook by thee.

Since so it is, I'll tell thee what,
    To-morrow thou shalt see
Me wear the willow ; after that,
    To die upon the tree.

As beasts unto the altars go
    With garlands dress'd, so I
Will, with my willow-wreath, also
    Come forth and sweetly die.

  Lorenzo Lotto. Venus and Cupid [det.]. 1540.
Venus and Cupid [det.].
Lorenzo Lotto. 1540.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 201.

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