William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii) - Poem by William Shakespeare

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting-
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,-
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

Topic(s) of this poem: carpe diem


Comments about O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii) by William Shakespeare

  • (8/28/2016 6:09:00 PM)


    What's to come is still unsure is apparently a translation of Lorenzo de' Medici's line Di doman non c'e certezza from his poem Quanto bell' e giovinezza. (Report) Reply

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  • Himansu  Sekhar Sahoo (5/12/2016 6:21:00 PM)


    It delighted me awesome poem. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (4/26/2016 9:09:00 PM)


    One cannot deny Shakespeare's command of the language. It still reads as fresh now. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/26/2016 5:08:00 PM)


    Shakespeare is the finest! Though as a woman I do not appreciate some of the lines given to the men that have a certain oinky feel to them! But Shakespeare was only giving presentation to these popular notions. I suppose men's opinion of the worth of a woman has increased fractionally in today's society. Beyond those objections, there lies the fact that Shakespeare could pen lovely snarky lines! (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/26/2016 9:21:00 AM)


    What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
    Present mirth hath present laughter;
    What's to come is still unsure:
    In delay there lies no plenty, -
    Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
    Youth's a stuff will not endure

    Great stanza. Shakespearean love has its own flavour.
    Nice poem.
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  • (4/26/2016 8:54:00 AM)


    Beautifully envisioned great poem with an enchanting flow of emotions composed by the great poet. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (4/26/2016 8:17:00 AM)


    A great message of the bard that youth cannot last true is true and we should not waste it in vainful adventure! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/26/2016 12:52:00 AM)


    What is love? Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (1/12/2016 6:06:00 PM)


    ...........a most wonderful write with a great rhythm and flow ★ (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2016 8:18:00 AM)


    I like V M. My personal valutation is 10/10. Yet I've not enough poetic culture to seize the greathness of it (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/21/2015 4:21:00 AM)


    ''Twelfth Night'', Act II, Scene III

    This is a song sung by Feste, who spends most of Twelfth Night either drunk or suffering from some kind of mental problem....
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  • Reyvrex Questor Reyes (10/9/2015 6:39:00 PM)


    Oh Mistress, how I flaunt thee before men, yearning one, and women desirous to be! (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (12/24/2014 11:57:00 PM)


    We have to seize the moment before it slips into the oblivion! (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (8/12/2014 4:57:00 PM)


    The opening line claim 'the mistress mine', asks where she is 'roaming' and moves into the next line which asks her to stay because, her 'true-love's coming'. The rendezvous is planned, the lovers are travelling to met, she is the 'pretty sweeting' and the desire is 'Journey's end in lovers' meeting'.
    This is Carpe Diem love, a poem about meeting the desired mistress for days of lustful loving, the loving is now and we should seize love, because love 'tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter; What's to come is' still unsure: ' thus love now intensely, live each all moments of love while we can. This sentiment is stated with 'In delay there lies no plenty, - ' and reinforced with 'Youth's a stuff will not endure.' We are told to love while young, make the most of youth and love, while we can.
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  • (8/12/2014 10:33:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem from the great poet ever lived. (Report) Reply

  • (8/12/2014 9:26:00 AM)


    A good write. Keep on writing, William! (Report) Reply

  • (8/12/2014 8:36:00 AM)


    In delay lies no plenty. Wise words. Liked this little poem. (Report) Reply

  • (8/12/2014 8:36:00 AM)


    In delay lies no plenty. Wise words. Liked this little poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ebi Robert (4/30/2014 9:31:00 AM)


    BABA Shakespare..........great work...I love his works so much..keep it up! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:41:00 AM)


    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 17, 2015


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