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WOOING
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[ Also see Coquetry Courtship Flirtation Heart Inconstancy Kisses Love Matrimony Sighs Wives Women ]

'Tis sweet to think that where'er we rove
  We are sure to find something blissful and dear;
    And that when we're far from the lips we love,
      We've but to make love to the lips we are near.
      - Thomas Moore, 'Tis Sweet to Think

If I speak to thee in friendship's name,
  Thou think'st I speak too coldly;
    If I mention Love's devoted flame,
      Thou say'st I speak too boldly.
      - Thomas Moore, How Shall I Woo?

Happy Mary Anerly, looking O so fair.
  There's a ring upon your hand, and there's myrtle in your hair.
    Somebody is with you now: Somebody I see,
      Looks into your trusting face very tenderly.
      - Arthur Joseph Munby, Mary Anerly

I sat with Doris, the Shepherd maiden;
  Her crook was laden with wreathed flowers;
    I sat and wooed her through sunlight wheeling,
      And shadows stealing for hours and hours.
      - Arthur Joseph Munby, Pastoral

In part to blame is she,
  Which hath without consent bin only tride;
    He comes too neere, that comes to be denide.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury, A Wife (st. 36)

Ah, whither shall a maiden flee,
  When a bold youth so swift pursues,
    And siege of tenderest courtesy,
      With hope perseverant, still renews!
      - Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore, The Chase

They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
      - Alexander Pope, Wife of Bath (l. 103)

But in vain she did conjure him,
  To depart her presence so,
    Having a thousand tongues t' allure him
      And but one to bid him go.
        When lips invite,
          And eyes delight,
            And cheeks as fresh as rose in June,
              Persuade delay,--
                What boots to say
                  Forego me now, come to me soon.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1), Dulcina,
        see Cayley's "Life of Raleigh", vol. I, ch. III attributed to Brydges, who edited Raleigh's poems

It was a happy age when a man might have wooed his wench with a pair of kid leather gloves, a silver thimble, or with a tawdry lace; but now a velvet gown, a chain of pearl, or a coach with four horses will scarcely serve the turn.
      - Captain Barnaby Rich (Riche or Ryche),
        My Lady's Looking Glass

Wooed, and married, and a',
  Married, and wooed, and a'!
    And was she nae very weel off
      That was wooed, and married, and a'?
      - Alexander Ross (2), Song

A pressing lover seldom wants success,
  Whilst the respectful, like the Greek, sits down
    And wastes a ten years' siege before one town.
      - Nicholas Rowe, To the Inconstant--Epilogue
         (l. 18)

Lightly from fair to fair he flew,
  And loved to plead, lament, and sue,--
    Suit lightly won, and short-lived pain,
      For monarchs seldom sigh in vain.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion (canto V, st. 9)

I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo to in festival terms.
      - William Shakespeare

Most fair,
  Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms
    Such as will enter at a lady's ear
      And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
      - William Shakespeare

Say that upon the altar of her beauty
  You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart:
    Write till your ink be dry and with your tears
      Moist it again, and frame some feeling line,
        That may discover such integrity.
      - William Shakespeare

She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd
  That heaven had made her such a man: She thank'd me,
    And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her,
      I should but teach him how to tell my story
        And that would woo her.
      - William Shakespeare

That man that has a tongue, I say, is no man if with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
      - William Shakespeare

We cannot fight for love, as men may do;
  We should be wooed, and were not made to woo.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at II, ii)

A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Bertram at IV, ii)

She's beautiful, and therefore to be wooed;
  She is a woman, therefore to be won.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Suffolk at V, iii)

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more!
  Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea, and one on shore;
      To one thing constant never.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Balthasar at II, ii)

No, I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at V, ii)

She wished she had not heard it; yet she wished
  That heaven had made her such a man. She thanked me;
    And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,
      I should but teach him how to tell my story,
        And that would woo her.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

O gentle Romeo,
  If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully.
    Or if thou thinkest I am too quickly won,
      I'll frown, and be perverse, and say thee nay,
        So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Juliet at II, ii)

Yet hold I off: women are angels, wooing;
  Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
    That she beloved knows nought that knows not this:
      Men prize the thing ungained more than it is:
        That she was never yet, that ever knew
          Love got so sweet as when desire did sue.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Cressida at I, ii)


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