Posted by: internationalroutier | June 9, 2010

Rhyme Time, a series

Introducing an occasional series (there being no other kind on this blog) of 17th century poetry. Especially dedicated to poems that speak to us of love and lust, and to voices other than those we heard in high school English classes.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Thou gav’st me leave to kiss,
Thou gav’st me leave to woo,
Thou mad’st me think by this
And that, thou lov’dst me too.
But I shall ne’er forget
How for to make you merry
Thou mad’st me chop, but yet
Another snapped the cherry.

Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695)
“Now that poor, wayward Jane is big with child,
She has repented and is reconciled
To lead a virtuous life in thought and deed.”
So spoke her aunt, and all the girls agreed.

Then one of them, an artless, large-eyed one,
Murmured, “Repentance we would never shun–
But first let’s learn to do what Jane has done.”



  1. I have added your address to my blog.
    Regards, Le Loup.

    New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.
    Armidale NSW.

    • Thank you! Also added yours here. A toast to the wonderful sharing of information these blogs allow us. Cheers.

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