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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
91. O Mistress Mine
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
O MISTRESS mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
    That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting—        5
    Every wise man’s son doth know.
 
What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
    What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—        10
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
    Youth’s a stuff will not endure.
 

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