John Fletcher Poems
- Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away Take, oh take those lips ...
- Hear, Ye Ladies HEAR, ye ladies that despise ...
- Love's Emblems NOW the lusty spring is seen; ...
- Away, Delights AWAY, delights! go seek some other dwelling, ...
- God Lyaeus GOD Lyaeus, ever young, Ever honour'd, ever ...
- Beauty Clear And Fair BEAUTY clear and fair, ...
- Weep No More WEEP no more, nor sigh, nor groan, Sorrow ...
John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration.
Fletcher was born in December 1579 in Rye, Sussex, and died of the plague in August 1625. His father Richard Fletcher was an ambitious and successful cleric who was in turn Dean of Peterborough, ... more »
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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.