Sir John Suckling

(1606-1642)

Why so pale and wan, fond lover? Poem by Sir John Suckling


Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?--
Will, when looking well can't move her,
Looking ail prevail?
Prithee, why so pale?

Why so dull and mute, young sinner?
Prithee, why so mute?--
Will, when speaking well can't win her,
Saying nothing do't?
Prithee, why so mute?

Quit, quit, for shame! this will not move,
This cannot take her--
If of herself she will not love,
Nothing can make her:
The Devil take her!

Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Bronze Star - 2,511 Points John Richter (4/1/2015 7:40:00 AM)

    C.R.V... I'd disagree with that because the corresponding lines in 7 and 8 use the word when as well... But as for the poem itself - I'm not sure if the meaning of this poem is what came to my mind - but if it is about a man trying to have sex with the corpse of his dead girlfriend then it should be removed from PH... That's not just dark poetry - it's phenomenally disgusting.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie C.r.v. Hall (1/14/2012 6:01:00 PM)

    I believe the posted the text is in error:

    Lines three & four should read

    Will, if looking well can’t move her,
    Looking ill prevail? (Report) Reply

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