I d e a.

by Michael Drayton


AS Love and I, late harboured in one inn,
With proverbs thus each other entertain,
“ In Love there is no lack,” thus I begin ;
“ Fair words make fools,” replieth he again ;
“ Who spares to speak doth spare to speed,” quoth I ;
“ As well,” saith he, “ too forward as too slow ;”
“ Fortune assists the boldest,” I reply ;
“ A hasty man,” quoth he, “ ne'er wanted woe ;”
“ Labour is light where Love,” quoth I, “ doth pay ;”
Saith he, “ Light burthen's heavy, if far borne ;”
Quoth I, “ The main lost, cast the bye away ;”
“ You have spun a fair thread,” he replies in scorn.
    And having thus awhile each other thwarted,
    Fools as we met, so fools again we parted.

Drayton, Michael. Idea.
Daniel's Delia and Drayton's Idea. Arundell Esdaile, Ed.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1908. 126.

Back to Works of Michael Drayton

Site copyright ©1996-2007 Anniina Jokinen. All Rights Reserved.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on October 20, 2000. Last updated on January 30, 2007.