Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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On the Picture of a fair Youth taken after he was dead.
AS gather'd Flowers, whilst their wounds are new,
Look gay and fresh, as on the stalk they grew,
Torn from the root that nourist them, a while,
Not taking notice of their Fate, they smile,
And in the hand, which rudely pluckt them, show
Fairer than those that to their Autumn grow;
So Love and Beauty still that Visage grace,
Death cannot fright them from their wonted place
Alive the hand of crooked Age had marr'd
Those lovely Features, which cold death has spar'd
No wonder then—
The rest is lost.