Corinna's Going A-Maying
by Robert Herrick
Corinna's Going A-Maying Inertia Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Get up, get up for shame, the blooming morn
Upon her wings presents the god unshorn (1-2)
The repetition of "get up" makes this command even more insistent, while the "for shame" reminds us that being lazy is something to be embarrassed about.
Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see
The dew bespangling herb and tree (5-6)
This speaker keeps it together. He's impatient but still affectionate, and when Corinna doesn't respond to one argument, he switches to a new one in the next stanza. Talk about resourceful.
Come and receive them while the light
Hangs on the dew-locks of the night:
And Titan on the eastern hill
Retires himself, or else stands still
Till you come forth […] (23-27)
No one in the village is waiting on them—the cream cakes are probably completely obliterated—but nature's willing to dawdle a little for a good purpose. Note the contrast, though, between these lines and stanza 5. Night's willing to stand still in stanza 2, but by stanza 5 it looks like everyone's patience has run out: "Our life is short, and our days run / As fast away as does the sun" (61-2). So don't test your luck too far, Corinna.