A Supplement of an Imperfect Copy of Verses of Mr. William Shakespear’s, by the Author

By Sir John Suckling 1609–1642 Sir John Suckling
One of her hands one of her cheeks lay under,
      Cosening the pillow of a lawful kiss,
Which therefore swell’d, and seem’d to part asunder,
      As angry to be robb’d of such a bliss!
         The one look’d pale and for revenge did long,
         While t’other blush’d, ’cause it had done the wrong.

Out of the bed the other fair hand was
      On a green satin quilt, whose perfect white
Look’d like a daisy in a field of grass,
      And show’d like unmelt snow unto the sight;
         There lay this pretty perdue, safe to keep
         The rest o’ th’ body that lay fast asleep.

Her eyes (and therefore it was night), close laid
      Strove to imprison beauty till the morn:
But yet the doors were of such fine stuff made,
      That it broke through, and show’d itself in scorn,
         Throwing a kind of light about the place,
         Which turn’d to smiles still, as’t came near her face.

Her beams, which some dull men call’d hair, divided,
      Part with her cheeks, part with her lips did sport.
But these, as rude, her breath put by still; some
      Wiselier downwards sought, but falling short,
         Curled back in rings, and seemed to turn again
         To bite the part so unkindly held them in.

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Poet Sir John Suckling 1609–1642


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

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 Sir John  Suckling


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 Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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