Robert Herrick

Upon the Loss of his Mistresses

I have lost, and lately, these 
Many dainty mistresses: 
Stately Julia, prime of all; 
Sappho next, a principal; 
Smooth Anthea, for a skin 
White, and heaven-like crystalline; 
Sweet Electra, and the choice 
Myrrha, for the lute and voice; 
Next, Corinna, for her wit, 
And the graceful use of it; 
With Perilla; All are gone; 
Only Herrick's left alone 
To number sorrow by 
Their departures hence, and die.