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The Night Piece—To Julia

By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

HER eyes the glow-worm lend thee,

The shooting-stars attend thee;

And the elves also,

Whose little eyes glow

Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

No Will-o-th’-wisp mislight thee,

Nor snake nor slow-worm bite thee:

But on thy way

Not making stay,

Since ghost there’s none t’ affright thee!

Let not the dark thee cumber;

What though the moon does slumber?

The stars of the night

Will lend thee their light,

Like tapers clear, without number.

Then, Julia, let me woo thee

Thus, thus to come unto me;

And when I shall meet

Thy silvery feet,

My soul I’ll pour into thee.