It’s Saturday, so not many of you are going to see today’s poem, but in high school this was one of my favorites. It’s one of only two or three in the world that I have memorized. I always found its “shut up and get on with your life” attitude very inspiring. There’s no use worrying yourself to death over things you don’t have any control over.

"Prithee" is a great word.

Halloo, and good day, Sir John!

Why so pale and wan fond lover? by Sir John Suckling

Why so pale and wan fond lover?
      Prithee why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
      Looking ill 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.

One thought on “NPM: “Why so pale and wan fond lover?” by Sir John Suckling

  1. Pingback: NPM: “Havisham” by Carol Ann Duffy | Brian McGackin

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