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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
Why So Pale and Wan?
By Sir John Suckling
 
WHY so pale and wan, fond lover?
  Prithee why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
  Looking ill prevail?
  Prithee why so pale?        5
 
Why so dull and mute, young sinner?
  Prithee why so mute?
Will, when speaking well can’t win her,
  Say nothing do ’t?
  Prithee why so mute?        10
 
Quit, quit, for shame, this will not move,
  This cannot take her;
If of herself she will not love,
  Nothing can make her;
  The devil take her.        15
 
 
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