William Shakespeare’s Famous Love Poems

william shakespeare fmous love poems

1. Take, O Take

TAKE, O take those lips away

THAT so sweetly were forsworn,

And those eyes, the break of day,

Lights that do mislead the morn:

But my kisses bring again,

Bring again—-

Seals of love, but seal’d in vain,

Seal’d in vain!

William Shakespeare’s Famous Love Poems 


2. O Mistress Mine

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,

Every wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter;

Present mirth hath present laughter;

What’s to come instill unsure:

In delay there lies not plenty;

Then, come kiss me, sweet and twenty,

Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

William Shakespeare’s Famous Love Poems


3. Those Lips That Love’s Own Hand Did Make

Those lips that love’s own hand did make

Breathed forth the sound that said “I hate”

To me that languished for her sake;

But when she saw my woeful state,

Straight in her heart did mercy come,

Chiding that tongue that ever sweet,

Was used in giving gentle doom,

And taught it thus anew to greet:

“I hate” she altered with an end,

That followed it as gentle day,

Doth follow night, who like a fiend

From heaven to hell – is flown away.

“I hate” from hate away she threw,

And saved my life, saying “not you.”

William Shakespeare’s Famous Love Poems












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