John Fletcher

from Bloody Brother, 1639      

Take, oh, take those lips away
    That so sweetly were forsworn,
And those eyes, like break of day,
    Lights that do mislead the morn ;
But my kisses bring again,
    Seals of love, though sealed in vain.

Hide, oh, hide those hills of snow,
    Which thy frozen bosom bears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow
    Are of those that April wears.
But first set my poor heart free,
    Bound in those icy chains by thee.

Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 396.


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