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Short poem

Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

Song: Go Lovely Rose

              1Go lovely rose,
              2Tell her that wastes her time and me,
              3That now she knows,
              4When I resemble her to thee,
              5How sweet and fair she seems to be.

              6Tell her that's young,
              7And shuns to have her graces spied,
              8That hadst thou sprung
              9In deserts, where no men abide,
            10Thou must have uncommended died.

            11Small is the worth
            12Of beauty from the light retir'd:
            13Bid her come forth,
            14Suffer herself to be desir'd,
            15And not blush so to be admir'd.

            16Then die, that she
            17The common fate of all things rare
            18May read in thee;
            19How small a part of time they share
            20That are so wondrous sweet and fair.


4] resemble her to: compare her with.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Edmund Waller, Poems (1645); facs.edn., Poems, 1645, together with poems from Bodleian MS Dond. 55 (Menston: Scolar Press, 1971). PR 3750 A1 1645 AB Robarts Library
First publication date: 1645
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.445; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Rhyme: ababb

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