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O Mistress Mine by William Shakespeare


"O Mistress Mine" is a poem written by William Shakespeare. Despite being a popular Shakespeare poem, this is *not* a sonnet of any kind. It only has twelve lines and a sonnet needs fourteen. Of course, this poem isn't even written in iambic-pentameter! It's rhyme scheme is AABCCB-DDEFFE.

This poem is about Shakespeare telling a mistress that she should stop waiting for the right man to come along and sweep her off her feet and instead settle for him because he's there right now. "What's to come is still unsure: / In delay there lies not plenty;". Besides, he says, maybe they will turn out to love each other anyway, "Journeys end in lovers meeting".


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 is still unsure:
In delay there lies not plenty;
Then, come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

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Literary Movement
Renaissance, 16th Century

Relationship, Mistress, Love

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