Song: Why so pale and wan fond lover?

By Sir John Suckling 1609–1642 Sir John Suckling
Why so pale and wan fond lover?
      Prithee why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
      Looking ill prevail?
      Prithee why so pale?

Why so dull and mute young sinner?
      Prithee why so mute?
Will, when speaking well can’t win her,
      Saying nothing do’t?
      Prithee why so mute?

Quit, quit for shame, this will not move,
      This cannot take her;
If of herself she will not love,
      Nothing can make her;
      The devil take her.

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Poet Sir John Suckling 1609–1642

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Relationships, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

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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 Love, Relationships, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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