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First Line: Lillies will languish; violets look ill
Last Line: But bid good-night, and close their lids for ever.
Subject(s): Sappho (610-580 B.c.)


Lillies will languish; Violets look ill;
Sickly the Prim-rose: Pale the Daffadill:
That gallant Tulip will hang down his head,
Like to a Virgin newly ravished.
Pansies will weep; and Marygolds will wither;
And keep a Fast, and Funerall together,
If Sapho droop; Daisies will open never,
But bid Good-night, and close their lids for ever.





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