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GEORGE WITHER (WHYTHER OR WITHERS)
English poet and pamphleteer
(1588 - 1667)

Lastly, the ashes left behind,
  May daily show to move the mind,
    That to ashes and dust return we must:
      Then think, and drink tobacco.
      - probably,
        in a manuscript of the 17th century owned by J. Payne Collier, printed in "My Little Book of Songs and Ballads from Ancient Music Books"
        [Tobacco]

Hang sorrow, care will kill a cat,
  And therefore let's be again.
      - Christmas [Sorrow]

And he that gives us in these days
  New Lords may give us new laws.
      - Contented Man's Morrice [Law]

I loved a lass, a fair one,
  As fair as e'er was seen;
    She was indeed a rare one,
      Another Sheba queen:
        But, fool as then I was,
          I thought she loved me too:
            But now, alas! she's left me,
              Falero, lero, loo!
      - I Loved a Lass [Inconstancy]

Night begins to muffle up the day.
      - Mistresse of Philarete [Night]

Shall I, wasting in despaire,
  Dye because a woman's faire?
    Or make pale my cheeks with care
      Cause another's rosie are?
        Be shee fairer than the day,
          Or the flow'ry meads in May;
            If she be not so to me,
              What care I how faire shee be?
      - Mistresse of Philarete [Women]

Jack shall pipe, and Jill shall dance.
      - Poem on Christmas [Dancing]

When with a serious musing I behold
  The graceful and obsequious marigold,
    How duly every morning she displays
      Her open breast, when Titan spreads his rays.
      - The Marigold [Marigolds]

Little said is soonest mended.
      - The Shepherd's Hunting [Talk]

Though I am young, I scorn to flit
  On the wings of borrowed wit.
      - The Shepherd's Hunting [Wit]


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