The Sunday Posts 2012 /Her reply


Her Reply

IF all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd's tongue,
These pretty pleasures might me move
To live with thee and be thy Love.

But Time drives flocks from field to fold;
When rivers rage and rocks grow cold;
And Philomel becometh dumb;
The rest complains of cares to come.

The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward Winter reckoning yields:
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.

Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies,
Soon break, soon wither--soon forgotten,
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.

Thy belt of straw and ivy-buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs,--
All these in me no means can move
To come to thee and be thy Love.

But could youth last, and love still breed,
Had joys no date, nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy Love.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Photo by Alistair.

Comments

If that was Her Reply, what on earth was the question?

Could it have been "Fancy a shag Darlin"?" (To quote a sailor on Blackadder)


BTW if this comment gets through, it means I've completely ignored the pictures of numbers in those stupid checking protocols.
Alistair said…
As you can see TSb - it made it through.

That may well have been the gist of the question in question but I hae me doots it was put quite like that!

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