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John Fletcher

(20 December 1579 - 29 August 1625 / Rye, Sussex, England)

Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away


Take, oh take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn,
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn:
But my kisses bring again,
Seals of love, but sealed in vain.

Hide, oh hide those hills of snow,
Which thy frozen bosom bears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow
Are yet of those that April wears.
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy chains by thee.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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