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John Fletcher

(20 December 1579 - 29 August 1625 / Rye, Sussex, England)

Hear, ye Ladies


HEAR, ye ladies that despise
   What the mighty Love has done;
Fear examples and be wise:
   Fair Callisto was a nun;
Leda, sailing on the stream
   To deceive the hopes of man,
Love accounting but a dream,
   Doted on a silver swan;
   Danae, in a brazen tower,
   Where no love was, loved a shower.

Hear, ye ladies that are coy,
   What the mighty Love can do;
Fear the fierceness of the boy:
   The chaste Moon he makes to woo;
Vesta, kindling holy fires,
   Circled round about with spies,
Never dreaming loose desires,
   Doting at the altar dies;
   Ilion, in a short hour, higher
   He can build, and once more fire.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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