To Violets

ROBERT HERRICK, English (1591-1674)

From The Hesperides & Noble Numbers, Vol. 1 revised, Lawrence &Bullen, Ltd, London 1898


Welcome, maids-of-honour!
You do bring
In the spring,
And wait upon her.
She has virgins many,
Fresh and fair;
Yet you are
More sweet than any.
You're the maiden posies,
And so grac'd
To be plac'd
'Fore damask roses.
Yet, though thus respected,
Ye do lie,
Poor girls, neglected.