To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing

Robert Herrick

 
Bid me to live, and I will live   
  Thy Protestant to be;   
Or bid me love, and I will give   
  A loving heart to thee.   
   
A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
  A heart as sound and free   
As in the whole world thou canst find,   
  That heart I'll give to thee.   
   
Bid that heart stay, and it will stay,   
  To honour thy decree;
Or bid it languish quite away.   
  And 't shall do so for thee.   
   
Bid me to weep, and I will weep   
  While I have eyes to see;   
And having none, yet I will keep
  A heart to weep for thee.   
   
Bid me despair, and I'll despair,   
  Under that cypress tree;   
Or bid me die, and I will dare   
  E'en Death, to die for thee.
   
Thou art my life, my love, my heart,   
  The very eyes of me,   
And hast command of every part,   
  To live and die for thee.
 

Poems by This Author

Corinna's Going a-Maying by Robert Herrick
Get up, get up for shame! The blooming morn
Delight in Disorder by Robert Herrick
A sweet disorder in the dresse
Grace For a Child by Robert Herrick
Here, a little child I stand
The Argument of His Book by Robert Herrick
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers,
The Hag by Robert Herrick
The Hag is astride
To Blossoms by Robert Herrick
Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
To Electra by Robert Herrick
I dare not ask to kiss
To Sylvia, To Wed by Robert Herrick
Let us, though late, at last, my Silvia, wed
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time by Robert Herrick
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Upon Julia's Clothes by Robert Herrick
Whenas in silks my Julia goes
Upon Shark by Robert Herrick
Shark, when he goes to any publick feast


Further Reading

Poems About Love
Monna Innominata [I loved you first]
by Christina Rossetti
Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember]
by Christina Rossetti
A Birthday
by Christina Rossetti
A Line-storm Song
by Robert Frost
A Negro Love Song
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Darling, You Are the World's Fresh Ornament
by Laura Cronk
Fons
by Pura López-Colomé
In a Boat
by D. H. Lawrence
Let Us Live and Love (5)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
Love
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love in a Life
by Robert Browning
Love's Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lovers' Infiniteness
by John Donne
Manners
by Michael Blumenthal
Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning
My love is as a fever, longing still
by Christopher Bursk
No, Love Is Not Dead
by Robert Desnos
San Antonio
by Naomi Shihab Nye
She Walks in Beauty
by George Gordon Byron
Slow Waltz Through Inflatable Landscape
by Christian Hawkey
The Buried Life
by Matthew Arnold
The Definition of Love
by Andrew Marvell
The Ecstasy
by Phillip Lopate
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Forms of Love
by George Oppen
The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
The Look
by Sara Teasdale
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
The Passionate Freudian to His Love
by Dorothy Parker
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe
The White Rose
by John Boyle O'Reilly
When I Heard at the Close of Day
by Walt Whitman
Wooing Song
by Giles Fletcher