Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.

To a very young Lady.

WHy came I so untimely forth
Into a world, which wanting thee
Could entertain us with no worth
Or shadow of felicity?
That time should me so far remove
From that which I was born to love.
Yet fairest blossom do not slight
That age which you may know so soon;
The Rosie Morn resigns her light,
And milder Glory to the Noon:
And then what wonders shall you do,
Whose dawning Beauty warms us so?
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Hope waits upon the flowry prime,
And Summer though it be less gay,
Yet is not lookt on as a time
Of declination or decay.
For with a full hand That does bring
All that was promis'd by the Spring▪