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« She's in a frock of Lincoln green,
“ The colour maids delight, « And never hath her beauty seen
“ But through a veil of white.
“ Than roses richer to behold,
“ That dress up lovers' bow'rs, “ The pansie and the marigold,
« Though Phæbus paramours.”
Thou well describ’st the Daffodil :
It is not full an hour,
I saw that lovely flower.
« Yet with my flower thou didst not meet,
• Nor news of her dost bring, : “ Yet is my Daffodil more sweet
“ Than that by yonder spring."
I saw a shepherd that doth keep
In yonder field of lilies, ' . Was making, as he fed his sheep,
A wreath of daffodillies.
“ Yet, Gorbo, thou deludst me still,
“ My flow'r thou didst not see,
• For know, my pretty Daffodil
“ Is worn of none but me.”
Through yonder vale as I did pass,
Descending from the hill, I met a smirking bonny lass,
They call her Daffodil.
Whose presence, as along she went,
The pretty flow’rs did greet, As though their heads they downward bent
With homage to her feet;
And all the shepherds that were nigh,
From top of every hill, Unto the valleys loud did cry,
There goes sweet Daffodil !
“ I, gentle shepherd, now with joy
“ Thou all my flock dost fill ; “ Come, go with me, thou shepherd's boy,
“ Let us to Daffodil."
Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part,
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me; And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart,
That thus so clearly I myself can free; Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again, Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain. Now at the last gasp of love's latest breath,
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies, When faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And innocence is closing up his eyes, Now if thou would’st, when all have giv’n him over,, From death to life thou might'st him yet recover.
TO MY COY LOVE.
I pray thee, love, love me no more,
Call home the heart you gave me ;
That can, but will not, save me:
These poor half kisses kill me quite,
Was ever man thus served ? Amidst an ocean of delight,
For pleasure to be starved.
Shew me no more those snowy breasts,
With azure rivers branched,
Yet is my thirst not stanched.
By me thou art prevented,
But thus in heav'n tormented.
Clip me no more in those dear arms,
Nor thy life's comfort call me;
And do but more enthrall me. .
In all this coyle about thee ;
I cannot live without thee.
Blow, blow thou winter-wind,
As man's ingratitude:
Although thy breath be rude.
Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky,
As benefits forgot:
As friend remember'd not.