The Night Piece, to Julia

By Robert Herrick 1591–1674 Robert Herrick
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
The shooting stars attend thee;
         And the elves also,
         Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

No Will-o'-th'-Wisp mis-light thee,
Nor snake or slow-worm bite thee;
         But on, on thy way,
         Not making a stay,
Since ghost there's none to affright thee.

Let not the dark thee cumber;
What though the moon does slumber?
         The stars of the night
         Will lend thee their light,
Like tapers clear without number.

Then Julia let me woo thee,
Thus, thus to come unto me;
         And when I shall meet
         Thy silv'ry feet,
My soul I'll pour into thee.

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Poet Robert Herrick 1591–1674

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love

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Almost forgotten in the eighteenth century, and in the nineteenth century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,” Robert Herrick is, in the latter half of the twentieth century, finally becoming recognized as one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age. Long dismissed as merely a “minor poet” and, as a consequence, neglected or underestimated by scholars and critics, the . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love

POET’S REGION England

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