Robert Herrick

(1591-1674 / London / England)

Upon Julia's Unlacing Herself - Poem by Robert Herrick

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Tell, if thou canst, and truly, whence doth come
This camphire, storax, spikenard, galbanum,
These musks, these ambers, and those other smells
Sweet as the Vestry of the Oracles.
I'll tell thee:—while my Julia did unlace
Her silken bodice but a breathing space,
The passive air such odour then assumed
As when to Jove great Juno goes perfumed,
Whose pure immortal body doth transmit
A scent that fills both heaven and earth with it.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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