Internet Shakespeare Editions

About this text

  • Title: A Lover's Complaint (Quarto, 1609)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

    Copyright Hardy M. Cook. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
    Not Peer Reviewed

    A Lover's Complaint (Quarto, 1609)

    1FRom off a hill whose concaue wombe reworded,
    A plaintfull story from a sistring vale
    My spirrits t'attend this doble voyce accorded,
    And downe I laid to list the sad tun'd tale,
    5Ere long espied a fickle maid full pale
    Tearing of papers breaking rings a twaine,
    Storming her world with sorrowes, wind and raine.