To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing – Robert Herrick

I first discovered Robert Herrick (1591–1674) when I was given a volume of poetry entitled “A Treasury of the World’s Best Loved Poems” originally published in 1961.  Herrick was an English poet and clergyman and is generally considered the greatest of the Cavalier poets.  I was taken by the poem “To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing” below.  It struck me as having been written by a man violently and hopelessly in love.  It resonated with me deeply.  Though he was clearly a romantic, Herrick never married and died a bachelor at age 83.
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If I could write the beauty of your eyes And in fresh numbers number all your graces, The age to come would say, ‘This poet lies; Such heavenly touches ne’er touch’d earthly faces.’ – William Shakespeare

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