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  • Title: The Passionate Pilgrim (Octavo, 1599)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
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    The Passionate Pilgrim (Octavo, 1599)

    SWeet Rose, faire flower, vntimely pluckt, soon vaded,
    Pluckt in the bud, and vaded in the spring[.]
    Bright orient pearle, alacke too timely shaded,
    Faire creature kilde too soon by Deaths sharpe sting:
    135Like a greene plumbe that hangs vpon a tree:
    And fals (through winde) before the fall should be.

    I weepe for thee, and yet no cause I haue,
    For why: thou lefts me nothing in thy will[.]
    And yet thou lefts me more then I did craue,
    140For why: I craued nothing of thee still:
    O yes (deare friend I pardon craue of thee,
    Thy discontent thou didst bequeath to me.