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by Benjamin Jonson

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > Benjamin Jonson > It is Not Growing Like a Tree It is Not Growing Like a Tree
Benjamin Jonson
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Have You Seen But a Bright Lily Grow
by Benjamin Jonson

Have you seen but a bright lily grow
Before rude hands have touched it?
Have you marked but the fall of snow
Before the soil hath smutched it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver,
Or swan's down ever?
Or have smelt o' the bud o' the brier,
Or the nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
O so white, O so soft, O so sweet is she!

 

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