by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

Upon the Loss of his Mistresses
Language: English 
I have lost, and lately, these
Many dainty mistresses:
Stately Julia, prime of all:
Sappho next, a principal:
Smooth Anthea for a skin
White, and heaven-like crystalline:
Sweet Electra, and the choice
Myrrha for the lute and voice:
Next Corinna, for her wit,
And the graceful use of it:
With Perilla: all are gone;
Only Herrick's left alone
For to number sorrow by
Their departures hence, and die.

Confirmed with Robert Herrick, The Hesperides and Noble Numbers Edited by Alfred Pollard. London 1898


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