The Passionate Pilgrim

The Passionate Pilgrim By William Shakespeare!

  • When my love swears that she is made of truth,
    I do believe her, though I know she lies,
    That she might think me some untutor’d youth,
    Unskilful in the world’s false forgeries,
    Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
    Although I know my years be past the best,
    I smiling credit her false-speaking tongue,
    Outfacing faults in love with love’s ill rest.
    But wherefore says my love that she is young?
    And wherefore say not I that I am old?
    O, love’s best habit is a soothing tongue,
    And age, in love, loves not to have years told.
    Therefore, I’ll lie with love, and love with me,
    Since that our faults in love thus smother’d be.
  • Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,
    That like two spirits do suggest me still;
    My better angel is a man right fair,
    My worser spirit a woman colour’d ill.
    To win me soon to hell, my female evil
    Tempteth my better angel from my side,
    And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
    Wooing his purity with her fair pride.
    And whether that my angel be turn’d fiend,
    Suspect I may, yet not directly tell:
    For being both to me, both to each friend,
    I guess one angel in another’s hell:
    The truth I shall not know, but live in doubt,
    Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
  • Sweet Cytherea, sitting by a brook
    With young Adonis, lovely, fresh, and green,
    Did court the lad with many a lovely look,
    Such looks as none could look but beauty’s queen,
    She told him stories to delight his ear;
    She show’d him favours to allure his eye;
    To win his heart, she touch’d him here and there, —
    Touches so soft still conquer chastity.
    But whether unripe years did want conceit,
    Or he refused to take her figured proffer,
    The tender nibbler would not touch the bait,
    But smile and jest at every gentle offer:
    Then fell she on her back, fair queen, and toward:
    He rose and ran away; ah, fool too froward!
The Passionate Pilgrim

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