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O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming? (Twelfth Night, Act Ii, Scene Iii)

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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,-
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 21 November 2015

''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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A beautiful poem from the great poet ever lived.

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Terry Craddock 12 August 2014

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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Ramesh T A 12 August 2011

Laughter is the end of mirth; so also lovers meeting is the end of journey of love! Very simple effective poem on love by Shakespeare the great!

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Suelynn Walters 12 August 2012

My Favourite Poet! I love him. How beautiful his words are. They touch my very soul.

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Deluke Muwanigwa 06 March 2021

Poetry as poetry shud be done....rhymed

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Varsha M 06 March 2021

So well penned. No match to shakespear.

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M Asim Nehal 06 March 2021

What is love? 'tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter;

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Brooklyn 05 March 2020

cool really good i like it and i was in a play about shakespeare

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Julia Luber 03 October 2019

A real classic captivation on the mind. One of Shakespeare's succinct most sweetest.

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