by: Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)
POEMS BY EDMUND SPENSER
- NHAPPY Verse, the witnesse of
my unhappie state,
- Make thy selfe fluttring wings of thy fast flying
- Thought, and fly forth unto my Love, whersoever she be:
- Whether lying reastlesse in heavy bed, or else
- Sitting so cheerelesse at the cheerfull boord, or else
- Playing alone carelesse on her heavenlie Virginals.
- If in Bed, tell her that my eyes can take no rest;
- If at Boord, tell her that my mouth can eat no meate;
- If at her Virginals, tell her I can heare no mirth.
- Asked why? say, Waking Love suffereth no sleepe;
- Say that raging Love doth appall the weak stomacke;
- Say that lamenting Love marreth the Musicall.
- Tell her that her beautie was wonte to feede mine eyes;
- Tell her that her sweete Tongue was wont to make me mirth.
- Nowe do I nightly waste, wanting my kindely rest;
- Nowe do I dayly starve, wanting my lively food?
- Nowe do I alwayes dye, wanting thy timely mirth.
- And if I waste, who will bewaile my heavy chaunce?
- And if I starve, who will record my cursed end?
- And if I dye, who sill say, this was Immerito?