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(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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The Choice

Me so oft my fancy drew
Here and there, that I ne’er knew
Where to place desire before
So that range it might no more;
But as he that passeth by
Where, in all her jollity,
Flora’s riches in a row
Do in seemly order grow,
And a thousand flowers stand

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