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

  • Brooklyn (3/5/2020 11:15:00 AM)

    cool really good i like it and i was in a play about shakespeare(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (10/3/2019 7:40:00 PM)

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

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  • Dipak adhya (3/25/2019 7:34:00 AM)

    classic one.(Report)Reply

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  • HOW SOON HATH THE (7/7/2018 10:16:00 AM)

    Job Milton(Report)Reply

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  • Prashant GolwalkarPrashant Golwalkar (5/18/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    very nice...very well written.(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (5/17/2018 11:55:00 PM)

    nice definition-

    What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
    Present mirth hath present laughter;(Report)Reply

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  • Priyamvada (4/23/2018 4:29:00 AM)

    This poem is about love(Report)Reply

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  • saint vick (3/12/2018 3:13:00 PM)

    Add a comment.com oh w r u get ur TALENT com brrw I LOVE YOUR POEMS(Report)Reply

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  • Jiten Paul (1/27/2018 4:50:00 AM)

    Very nice poem. Like it(Report)Reply

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  • Ayush (1/10/2018 9:05:00 AM)

    From this poem l know that what is love THANKS(Report)Reply

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  • Rishabh Mishra AmoristRishabh Mishra Amorist (9/29/2017 8:34:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful poem! !(Report)Reply

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  • Jim Poemhunter (9/13/2017 9:44:00 PM)

    Susan Williams should get a life!!!(Report)Reply

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

    It delighted me awesome poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Moira CameronMoira 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

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan 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

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas 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.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (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

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh 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

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

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

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Read poems about / on: journey, laughter, son, kiss, carpe diem, love



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 17, 2015


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