The Night Piece, to Julia

Original Text: 
Robert Herrick, Hesperides (London: for John Williams and F. Eglesfield to be sold by Thomas Hunt, 1648), of which a section called "His Noble Numbers: or, his Pious Pieces" has a separate title-page dated 1647. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar, 1969. PR 3512 H4 1648A ROBA
1Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
2The shooting stars attend thee;
3      And the elves also,
4      Whose little eyes glow
5Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
6No Will-o'-th'-Wisp mis-light thee,
8      But on, on thy way,
9      Not making a stay,
10Since ghost there's none to affright thee.
11Let not the dark thee cumber;
12What though the moon does slumber?
13      The stars of the night
14      Will lend thee their light,
15Like tapers clear without number.
16Then Julia let me woo thee,
17Thus, thus to come unto me;
18      And when I shall meet
19      Thy silv'ry feet,
20My soul I'll pour into thee.


7] slow-worm: small snake-like lizard. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.202-03.