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

Carpe Diem

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “Twelfth-Night,” Act II. Scene 3

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 is till unsure:

In delay there lies no plenty;

Then come kiss me, sweet-and-twenty!

Youth’s a stuff will not endure.