Robert Herrick’s “Upon Julia’s Clothes”

Upon Julia’s Clothes

Whenas in silks my Julia goes,

Then, then, me thinks 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!


Source: Harrison, G. B. A Book of English Poetry. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968. Print.

Robert Herrick was a 17th-century English poet known for his lyrical form. He wrote over 2,500 poems, several of which are complimentary poems toward women. He never married and none of his poems connect him directly with one particular feminine muse, although he obviously had a lyric-worthy fascination for the silky fashions of Julia’s high couture!


liquefaction – n. the act or process of liquefying or making liquid.

Source: Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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