Why So Pale And Wan, Fond Lover?

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Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?--
Will, when looking well can't move her,
Looking ail prevail?
Prithee, why so pale?

Why so dull and mute, young sinner?
Prithee, why so mute?--
Will, when speaking well can't win her,
Saying nothing do't?
Prithee, why so mute?

Quit, quit, for shame! this will not move,
This cannot take her--
If of herself she will not love,
Nothing can make her:
The Devil take her!

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Brian Coyle 09 November 2017

Line 4 should indeed read 'Looking ill prevail? '

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C.r.v. Hall 14 January 2012

I believe the posted the text is in error: Lines three & four should read Will, if looking well can’t move her, Looking ill prevail?

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