Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 2, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: When I Was Fair and Young

by Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603).

When I Was Fair and Young

When I was fair and young, then favor graced me.
Of many was I sought their mistress for to be.
But I did scorn them all and answered them therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where; importune me no more.

How many weeping eyes I made to pine in woe,                                    5
How many sighing hearts I have not skill to show,
But I the prouder grew and still this spake therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

Then spake fair Venus’ son, that proud victorious boy,
Saying: You dainty dame, for that you be so coy,                                  10
I will so pluck your plumes as you shall say no more:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.

As soon as he had said, such change grew in my breast
That neither night nor day I could take any rest.
Wherefore I did repent that I had said before:                                       15
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more

Notes:
http://englishhistory.net/tudor/monarchs/eliz1.html
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUDelizabeth1.htm


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