Stolen Pleasure

By William Drummond of Hawthornden 1585–1649 William Drummond of Hawthornden
My sweet did sweetly sleep,
And on her rosy face
Stood tears of pearl, which beauty’s self did weep;
I, wond’ring at her grace,
Did all amaz’d remain,
When Love said, “Fool, can looks thy wishes crown?
Time past comes not again.”
Then did I me bow down,
And kissing her fair breast, lips, cheeks, and eyes
Prov’d here on earth the joys of paradise.

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Poet William Drummond of Hawthornden 1585–1649


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes


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


SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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