by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

Begin to charm, and as thou strok’st my...
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Begin to charm, and as thou strok’st my ears
With thy [endearment]1, melt me into tears.
Then let thy active hand scud o’er thy lyre:
And make my spirits frantic with the fire.
That done, sink down into a silv’ry strain;
And make me smooth as Balm, and Oil again.

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