Upon Julia’s clothes…

14 Feb

Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
Till, then, methinks, how sweetly flows
That liquefaction of her clothes!
Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
That brave vibration each way free;
O how that glittering taketh me!

... how sweetly flows that liquefaction of her clothes!

 

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2 Responses to “Upon Julia’s clothes…”

  1. Manolo the Shoeblogger February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    “Then, then, methinks, how sweetly flows that liquefaction of her cloths…”

    Who knew the word “liquefaction” could be so utterly erotic?

  2. Miss Eliza Wharton February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    Thank you Manolo for introducing me to the sweet debaucheries of Herrick.

    Trust to good verses then;
    They only will aspire,
    When pyramids, as men,
    Are lost i’ th’ funeral fire.

    And when all bodies meet
    In Lethe to be drown’d;
    Then only numbers sweet
    With endless life are crown’d.

    Much to my surprise, I just discovered that “Upon Julia’s clothes” comes just after “Delight in disorder” in the The Harvard Classics volume on English Poetry from Chaucer to Gray. What a nice coincidence… I picked the first among dozen that one finds here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1211/1211-h/1211-h.htm#2H_4_0124

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