Kisses Desired

By William Drummond of Hawthornden 1585–1649 William Drummond of Hawthornden
Though I with strange desire
To kiss those rosy lips am set on fire,
Yet will I cease to crave
Sweet touches in such store,
As he who long before
From Lesbia them in thousands did receive.
Heart mine, but once me kiss,
And I by that sweet bliss
Even swear to cease you to importune more;
Poor one no number is;
Another word of me ye shall not hear
After one kiss, but still one kiss, my dear.


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Poet William Drummond of Hawthornden 1585–1649

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

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In his book collecting as in his poetry, William Drummond was conservative and imitative. As reported in Notes of Ben Jonson's Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden (1842), Jonson said that Drummond's verses were good, "Save that they smelled too much of the Schools, and were not after the fancie of the time." In an undated letter to Dr. Arthur Johnston, Drummond expressed his objections to innovations in poetry:

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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