If all the world and love were young
And truth in every Sheperd
These pretty pleasures
might me move
To live with thee, and be thy Love
But time drives flocks from field to fold,
When rivers rage and flocks grow cold:
And Philomel becometh dumb:
The rest complain of cares to come.
The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward Winter reckoning yields:
A honey tongue, a heart of gall,
Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.
Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy cap, thy kirtle, and thy posies,
Soon break, soon wither, - soon forgotten,
In folly ripe, in reason rotten.
They belt of straw and ivy-buds,
Thy coral clasps and amber studs, -
All these in me no means can move
To come to thee and be thy Love.
But could youth last, and love still breed,
Had joys no date, nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy Love.
- Sir Walter Raleigh