Sunday, July 25, 2010

A regal poem

...to celebrate poetry day... a poem from Queen Elizabeth I, representing the 16th century.

When I Was Fair and Young ~ Queen Elizabeth I

When I was fair and young, then favour graced me. Of many was I sought their mistress for to be. But I did scorn them all and answered them therefore: Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

How many weeping eyes I made to pine in woe, How many sighing hearts I have not skill to show, But I the prouder grew and still this spake therefore: Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

Then spake fair Venus’ son, that proud victorious boy, Saying: You dainty dame, for that you be so coy, I will so pluck your plumes as you shall say no more: Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

As soon as he had said, such change grew in my breast That neither night nor day I could take any rest. Wherefore I did repent that I had said before: Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

Page 130, The Norton anthology of poetry.

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