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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)

    ON a day (alacke the day)
    Loue whose month was euer May[.]
    230Spied a blossome passing fair,
    Playing in the wanton ayre,
    Through the veluet leaues the wind
    All vnseene gan passage find,
    That the louer (sicke to death)
    235Wisht himselfe the heauens breath,
    Ayre (quoth he) thy cheekes may blowe
    Ayre, would I might triumph so
    But (alas) my hand hath sworne,
    Nere to plucke thee from thy throne,
    240Vow (alacke) for youth vnmeet,
    Youth, so apt to pluck a sweet,
    Thou for whome Ioue would sweare,
    Iuno but an Ethiope were
    And deny hymselfe for Ioue
    245Turning mortall for thy Loue.