O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

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,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
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,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

by William Shakespeare

Comments (7)

It's cute and endearing
fun to read, puts a smile on my face, and don't we all need a bit of funny to help us along
There is a very great deal of allusion to this: http: //allpoetry.com/poem/8518995-Vespers-by-A.A._Milne For McGough's immediate audience in Britain when his poem was written, 'Vespers' was probably so well known as to render accreditation unnecessary. Handy info for any student types that pop in here though?
That has got to be one of the best poems I have ever read.
Jolly and exquisite. Who doesnt like Batman and Robin? The poet has captured the flavour of the child's response to these two adorable comic heroes. Superb!
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