Song: Out upon it, I have lov’d

By Sir John Suckling 1609–1642 Sir John Suckling
Out upon it, I have lov’d
      Three whole days together;
And am like to love three more,
      If it prove fair weather.

Time shall moult away his wings,
      Ere he shall discover
In the whole wide world again
      Such a constant lover.

But the spite on’t is, no praise
      Is due at all to me;
Love with me had made no stays,
      Had it any been but she.

Had it any been but she,
      And that very face,
There had been at least ere this
      A dozen dozen in her place.

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Poet Sir John Suckling 1609–1642

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Men & Women, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

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 Sir John  Suckling

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A popular label for many poets in seventeenth-century Britain has been "Cavalier," and the person who usually comes first to mind is Sir John Suckling. The classification implies an allegiance to Charles I in his political and military battles against various Parliamentarian or religious groups during the later 1620s through his execution on 30 January 1649. Included thus are the poets Thomas Carew, Richard Lovelace, Suckling, . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Men & Women, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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