- THE COQUET
- (from "The Unfortunate
by: Sir William Davenant
POEMS BY SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT
in good truth, a most wonderful thing
- (I am even ashamed to relate it)
- That love so many vexations should bring,
- And yet few have the wit to hate it.
- Love's weather in maids should seldom hold fair:
- Like April's mine shall quickly alter;
- I'll give him to-night a lock of my hear,
- To whom next day I'll send a halter.
- I cannot abide these malapert males,
- Pirates of love, who know no duty;
- Yet love with a storm can take down their sales,
- And they must strike to Admiral Beauty.
- Farewell to that maid who will be undone,
- Who in markets of men (where plenty
- Is cried up and down) will die for even one;
- I will live to make fools of twenty.