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Poem by George Gascoigne


Inscription in a Garden


IF any flower that here is grown
Or any herb may ease your pain,
Take and account it as your own,
But recompense the like again;
      For some and some is honest play,
      And so my wife taught me to say.

If here to walk you take delight,
Why, come and welcome, when you will;
If I bid you sup here this night,
Bid me another time, and still
      Think some and some is honest play,
      For so my wife taught me to say.

Thus if you sup or dine with me,
If you walk here or sit at ease,
If you desire the thing you see,
And have the same your mind to please,
      Think some and some is honest play,
      And so my wife taught me to say.



George Gascoigne


George Gascoigne's other poems:
  1. The Steel Glass
  2. The Looks of a Lover Enamoured
  3. Sonnet 3. And every year a world my will did deem
  4. Woodmanship
  5. Praise of the Fair Bridges, afterwards Lady Sandes, on Her Having a Scar in Her Forehead


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