To a Very Young Lady

Original Text: 
A New Academy of Complements (London: Thomas Rooks, 1671). Wing 529 (anonymously).
2No untimely frost decay
3Th' early glories which we trace
4Blooming in thy matchless face:
5But kindly opening, like the rose,
6Fresh beauties every day disclose,
7Such as by Nature are not shown
8In all the blossoms she has blown:
9And then, what conquest shall you make,
10Who hearts already daily take!
11Scorch'd in the morning with thy beams,
12How shall we bear those sad extremes
13Which must attend thy threat'ning eyes
14When thou shalt to thy noon arise?


1] First attributed to Etheredge by William Oldys in Biographia Britannica (1750). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.515; RPO 1997-2000.