The Passionate Pilgrim

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Act I, Scene 17

Sonnet to sundry notes of music

  • Shakespeare. On a day, alack the day!
    Love, whose month was ever May,
    Spied a blossom passing fair, 230
    Playing in the wanton air:
    Through the velvet leaves the wind
    All unseen, gan passage find;
    That the lover, sick to death,
    Wish'd himself the heaven's breath, 235
    'Air,' quoth he, 'thy cheeks may blow;
    Air, would I might triumph so!
    But, alas! my hand hath sworn
    Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn:
    Vow, alack! for youth unmeet: 240
    Youth, so apt to pluck a sweet.
    Thou for whom Jove would swear
    Juno but an Ethiope were;
    And deny himself for Jove,
    Turning mortal for thy love.' 245

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