Frederick W. Sternfeld and David Greer (eds), English Madrigal Verse: 1588–1632 (Third Edition)

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  • 1There is a garden in her face,
  • 2     Where roses and white lilies grow;
  • 3A heavenly paradise is that place,
  • 4     Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow.
  • 5There cherries grow which none may buy,
  • 6Till 'cherry-ripe' themselves do cry.
  • 7Those cherries fairly do enclose
  • 8     Of orient pearl a double row,
  • 9Which when her lovely laughter shows,
  • 10     They look like rosebuds filled with snow.
  • 11Yet them nor peer nor prince can buy,
  • 12Till 'cherry-ripe' themselves do cry.
  • 13Her eyes like angels watch them still;
  • 14     Her brows like bended bows do stand,
  • 15Threatening with piercing frowns to kill
  • 16     All that attempt with eye or hand
  • 17Those sacred cherries to come nigh,
  • 18Till 'cherry-ripe' themselves do cry.

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