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George Wither

(11 June 1588 – 2 May 1667 / Bentworth, Hampshire)

Quotations

  • ''Shall I, wasting in despair,
    Die because a woman's fair?
    Or make pale my cheeks with care
    'Cause another's rosy are?''
    George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''If she be not so to me,
    What care I how fair she be?''
    George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. Fair Virtue, the Mistress of Philarete: A Lover's Resolution (l. 15-16). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''To maidens' vows and swearing
    Henceforth no credit give,
    You may give them the hearing
    But never them believe.
    They are as false as fair,
    Unconstant, frail, untrue;''
    George Wither (1588-1667), British poet. I Loved a Lass (l. 64-69). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.

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A Christmas Carol

So now is come our joyful'st feast,
Let every man be jolly.
Each room with ivy leaves is drest,
And every post with holly.
Though some churls at our mirth repine,
Round your foreheads garlands twine,
Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,
And let us all be merry.

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