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Strawberries Half-Drown’d in Cream


Portrait of a Woman Revealing Her Breasts, Jacopo Tintoretto, c. 1570; via Wikimedia Commons.


Because it is May and the flowers are stirring, because I am in a celebratory mood today, because I am naughty, because this was one of my favorite poems (though we didn’t go over it in class) as an English major at CU back in the day, because Robert “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” was so cool, because there is so much botanical imagery in this poem!

Enjoy – and I hope you all have some sexy plans to celebrate the merry month of May.


Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast

HAVE ye beheld (with much delight)
A red rose peeping through a white ?
Or else a cherry, double grac’d,
Within a lily centre plac’d ?
Or ever mark’d the pretty beam
A strawberry shows half-drown’d in cream ?
Or seen rich rubies blushing through
A pure smooth pearl and orient too ?
So like to this, nay all the rest,
Is each neat niplet of her breast.

—Robert Herrick

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