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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
II. Love’s Nature
“O mistress mine”
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “Twelfth Night,” Act II. Sc. 3.

O MISTRESS mine, where are you roaming?
O, stay and hear! your true-love ’s coming
  That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journeys end in lovers’ meeting,—        5
  Every wise man’s son doth know.
 
What is love? ’t is not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
  What ’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,—        10
Then come kiss me, Sweet-and-twenty,
  Youth ’s a stuff will not endure.
 
 
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