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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Take, O Take Those Lips Away

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “Measure for Measure,” Act IV. Scene 1

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!