Idea 59: As Love and I, late harbour’d in one inn

By Michael Drayton 1563–1631 Michael Drayton

To Proverbs

As Love and I, late harbour’d in one inn,
With proverbs thus each other entertain:
In love there is no lack, thus I begin,
Fair words make fools, replieth he again;
Who spares to speak, doth spare to speed (quoth I),
As well (saith he) too forward, as too slow;
Fortune assists the boldest, I reply,
A hasty man (quoth he) ne’er wanted woe;
Labour is light, where love (quoth I) doth pay,
(Saith he) light burthen’s heavy, if far born;
(Quoth I) the main lost, cast the bye away;
You have spun a fair thread, he replies in scorn.
    And having thus awhile each other thwarted,
    Fools as we met, so fools again we parted.

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Poet Michael Drayton 1563–1631

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Break-ups & Vexed Love

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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