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      Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

              Delight in Disorder.

    A Sweet disorder in the dresse
    Kindles in cloathes a wantonnesse :
    A Lawne about the shoulders thrown
    Into a fine distraction :
    An erring Lace, which here and there
    Enthralls the Crimson Stomacher :
    A Cuffe neglectfull, and thereby
    Ribbands to flow confusedly :
    A winning wave (deserving Note)
    In the tempestuous petticote :
    A carelesse shooe-string, in whose tye
    I see a wilde civility :
    Doe more bewitch me, then when Art
    Is too precise in every part.


Harmon lists Delight in Disorder as one of the hundred most anthologized poem in the English language. It can be found in:
  • Herrick, Robert. Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine of Robert Herrick Esq. London: Printed for John Williams and Francis Eglesfield, 1648.
  • Harmon, William, ed. The Classic Hundred Poems (Second Edition). New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.