Posted by: internationalroutier | July 12, 2010

Rhyme Time #3

Poetry time kids! International Routier style.

THE CONSTANT LOVER
Sir John Suckling (1609-1642)
Out upon it, I have loved
Three whole days together!
And am like to love three more,
If it prove fair weather.

Time shall moult away his wings,
Ere he shall discover
In the whole wide world again
Such a constant lover.

But the spite on’t is, no praise
Is due at all to me:
Love with me had made no stays
Had it any been but she.

Had it any been but she,
And that very face,
There had been at least ere this
A dozen dozen in her place.

THE SADDLED ASS
Jean De LaFontaine (1621-1695)
A certain painter, leaving in the morning,
Was jealous of his wife…and being deft,
Painted a donkey, just before he left,
Upon her navel, as a sort of warning.

A friend of his, whose honor had small heft,
At once consoled the lady thus bereft;
And leaving of the donkey not a trace
Was quick to paint another in its place.

But through a lapse of memory, alas!
He put a saddle on the patient ass.

Our friend returned. “My dear,” the lady sighed,
“Regard this proof that I’ve not fiddle-faddled you.”
“A pox on you!” the irate husband cried,
“And on the proof, and whosoever saddled you!”


TO THE VIRGINS TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME
Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
The nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best, which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times, still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For, having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

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