Delia XXXI (1623 version)
Samuel Daniel, The whole workes of Samuel Daniel esquire in poetrie (N. Okes for S. Waterson, 1623). STC 6238.
1Look, Delia, how w' esteem the half-blown rose,
2The image of thy blush and summer's honour,
3Whilst yet her tender bud doth undisclose
4That full of beauty Time bestows upon her.
5No sooner spreads her glory in the air
6But straight her wide-blown pomp comes to decline;
7She then is scorn'd that late adorn'd the fair;
8So fade the roses of those cheeks of thine.
9No April can revive thy wither'd flowers
10Whose springing grace adorns thy glory now;
11Swift speedy Time, feather'd with flying hours,
12Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.
13Then do not thou such treasure waste in vain,
14But love now, whilst thou mayst be lov'd again.
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