Rosalind's Madrigal

Love in my bosom like a bee,
Doth suck his sweet;
Now with his wings he plays with me,
Now with his feet.
Within mine eyes he makes his nest,
His bed amidst my tender breast;
My kisses are his daily feast,
And yet he robs me of my rest.
Ah, wanton, will ye?

And if I sleep, then percheth he
With pretty flight,
And makes his pillow of my knee,
The livelong night.
Strike I my lute, he tunes the string;
He music plays if so I sing;
He lends me every lovely thing;
Yet cruel he my heart doth sting--
Whist, wanton, still ye!

Else I with roses every day
Will whip you hence,
And bind you, when you long to play,
For your offence.
I'll shut my eyes to keep you in,
I'll make you fast it for your sin,
I'll count your power not worth a pin;
Alas! what hereby shall I win
If he gainsay me?

What if I beat the wanton boy
With many a rod?
He will repay me with annoy,
Because a god.
Then sit thou safely on my knee,
And let thy bower my bosom be;
Lurk in mine eyes, I like of thee.
Cupid! so thou pity me,
O Spare not, but play thee.

by Thomas Lodge

Comments (5)

Well at least this poem, and a few others on PH, are approachable, without a separate instruction manual of some sort, unlike most of the stuff John Ashberry has written.
Every soul, the wise soul have got the philosophy of life..and this philosophy is a kind of mechanism to change happening according to the choice and that never deterred ..as I say I learnt to laugh in grief..I got a hope bird..thank you sir
Though lengthy an interesting realisation...and I intend reading this for some more times
Wow I love this wonderful long poem.
Relates to every aspect of thinking about life.realising yourself then realise the world is what been driving me and the same is what the poet ashbery has reinstated in me