BID me to live, and I will live
Thy Protestant to be;
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart to thee.
A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I'll give to thee.
Bid that heart stay, and it will stay
To honour thy decree:
Or bid it languish quite away,
And 't shall do so for thee.
Bid me to weep, and I will weep
While I have eyes to see:
And, having none, yet will I keep
A heart to weep for thee.
Bid me despair, and I'll despair
Under that cypress-tree:
Or bid me die, and I will dare
E'en death to die for thee.
Thou art my life, my love my heart,
The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part
To live and die for thee.
|About the poet|
|By the same poet|
|To the Virgins, to make much of Time|
|Corinna's going a-Maying|
|To the Western Wind|
|The Funeral Rites of the Rose|
|A Meditation for his Mistress|
|Delight in Disorder|
|Upon Julia's Clothes|
|The Bracelet: To Julia|
|To Daisies, not to shut so soon|
|The Night-piece: To Julia|
|To Music, to becalm his Fever|
|To the Willow-tree|
|The Mad Maid's Song|
|Comfort to a Youth that had lost his Love|
|A Child's Grace|
|Epitaph upon a Child that died (i)|
|Epitaph upon a Child that died (ii)|
|Litany to the Holy Spirit|
|Robert Herrick at amazon.co.uk|